NCFPD has opened two calls for white papers for funding research, development, and transition in food protection. White papers will be due December 20th - Click here for more information.
News & Events
NOV 2013Food Protection Message - November 2013.
Very early in August 2013 the consumers in China were shocked by an announcement that products containing whey powder from three batches of material produced by a creditable New Zealand supplier could contain the deadly microorganism, Clostridium botulinum. The cascade of concern spread to other dairy products and other suppliers, and the consumers of all dairy products in many countries responded with concern and potential changes in buying patterns, and some countries initiated broad import bans.
Welcome to the Center.
The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) was officially launched as a Homeland Security Center of Excellence in July 2004. A multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, NCFPD addresses the vulnerability of the nation's food system to attack through intentional contamination with biological or chemical agents.
NCFPD's research and education program is aimed at reducing the potential for contamination at any point along the food supply chain and mitigating potentially catastrophic public health and economic effects of such attacks. The program incorporates cutting-edge research across a wide range of disciplines, taking a comprehensive, farm-to-table view of the food system and encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing to retail and food service.
From our Blog
In the old days, agriculture meant feeding Minnesota. Today it means feeding the world and protecting the planet's food supply from disease and determined terrorists; our federally funded National Center for Food Protection and Defense does just that.University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler