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    APR 2014
    Webinar - Global Food Defense Development - May 2, 2014.

    Since 2006 a multi-agency cohort from the U.S. government, food industry and academia has delivered dozens of food defense workshops around the globe to improve food defense programs worldwide. We will explore the history of this program and its impact on global food defense, share recent experiences from workshops in Honduras, Brazil and Croatia, and discuss the current and future status of the program.

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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.

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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