Mission: To advance the security and safety of the nation's food supply through research, education, and outreach.

What's New...

Conference Proceedings The proceedings of the 1st Annual Food Protection and Defense Conference, held November 2-4, 2005, in Atlanta, have been published on the IFT Web site. Click here to view.

NCFPD Year-3 RFP One-page abstracts of proposed research in the areas of detection and diagnostics, education, terrorism agent characterization and surrogates, supply chain resiliency, and economic assessment of specific food system events will be reviewed beginning June 5. Click here to view PDF.

Food Defense Acronyms, Abbreviations and Definitions From CFSAN, published March 28, 2006. Click here to reach Web page.

How Should America's Anti-Terrorism Budget Be Allocated? Findings from a national survey of attitudes of US residents about terrorism. From the Food Industry Center, University of Minnesota, released March 2006. Click here for full report.

USDA announces food defense exercises The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced that it is conducting five critical food defense exercises this year. The first was held in Alameda, California, January 18 and 19. The exercises are designed to offer practice sessions for reporting nonroutine incidents and coordinating with all levels of government, nongovernmental agencies, and the private sector in an incident command system structure. Click here for the USDA press release, which lists the other locations and where to go for more information.

Other U.S. Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence

START http://www.start.umd.edu/
Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
University of Maryland

CREATE http://www.usc.edu/dept/create/index.php
Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events
University of Southern California

FAZD http://fazd.tamu.edu/
National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense
Texas A&M University

Center for the Study of Preparedness & Catastrophic Event Response
The Johns Hopkins University

Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment
Michigan State University

Researchers from 19 other universities plus personnel from independent research facilities, state health and agriculture agencies, and professional organizations; private sector consultants; and industry advisors from agriculture and food industry companies