May
4
3:30pm 3:30pm

Food for Thought

Research funded by the NSF Expeditions in Computing Program and  NASA

Vipin Kumar- Regents Professor and William Norris Chair in Large Scale Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

Advances in machine learning in conjunction with massive amount of data from Earth observing satellites and other sources offer huge potential for improving food security.  For example, they can help in determining how to feed a growing population  in the world with shrinking amount of land available for growing food due to competition from energy crops and urbanization, while facing stagnant growth in crop yields which may come under further stress due to changing climate.  As another example, they can help provide detailed crop maps and yield estimates by commodity that can be used to identify misalignment with commodity production and import sources so that analysts can anticipate potential consequences  and threats to the food supply chain.  This talk will discuss various challenges involved in analyzing these massive spatio-temporal data sets and some early results.

Brief Bio
Vipin Kumar is a Regents Professor and holds William Norris Chair in the department of Computer Science and Engineering  at the University of Minnesota.  His research interests include data mining, high-performance computing, and their applications in Climate/Ecosystems and health care.  He is currently leading an NSF Expedition project on understanding climate change using data science approaches.  He has authored over 300 research articles, and co-edited or coauthored 10 books including the widely used text book ``Introduction to Parallel Computing", and "Introduction to Data Mining".  Kumar has served as chair/co-chair for many international conferences and workshops in the area of data mining and parallel computing, including 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (2002), and International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (2001).  Kumar is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and SIAM.  Kumar's foundational research in data mining and high performance computing has been honored by the ACM SIGKDD 2012 Innovation Award, which is the highest award for technical excellence in the field of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), and the 2016 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award, one of IEEE Computer Society's highest awards. URL: http://www.cs.umn.edu/~kumar

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May
4
2:45pm 2:45pm

Plenary Session

The Role of Consumer Advocates in Changing Food Policy: Lessons Learned from FSMA 

Sandra Eskin- Director, Safe Food Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 is landmark consumer protection legislation that was decades in the making. A number of factors led to its enactment and many players had a role in this successful effort. Like most consumer protection laws, FSMA was a reaction to crises.  The first was the 1993 outbreak of E. coli infections linked to undercooked hamburgers served at a fast-food restaurant, and the second, a 2006 outbreak of infections from the same toxic strain of E. coli that contaminated fresh cut spinach.  In my presentation I will share my first-hand experiences and observations regarding the consumer advocacy community’s efforts to improve the safety of the food supply and the lessons learned from the FSMA experience.

Brief Bio:
Sandra Eskin is the Director of Food Safety at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. Before joining Pew, she spent nearly 20 years as a public-policy consultant to numerous consumer and public-interest organizations, providing strategic and policy advice on a broad range of consumer-protection issues, in particular, food and drug safety, labeling, and advertising. She has served as a member of numerous federal advisory committees, including ones related to consumer information on prescription drugs, meat and poultry safety, and foodborne illness surveillance. Before joining Pew, Ms. Eskin was the Deputy Director of the Produce Safety Project (PSP), a Pew-funded initiative at Georgetown University. While at PSP, Ms. Eskin was a senior scholar with the O’Neil Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.  She has written numerous reports and articles on food-safety topics. Ms. Eskin received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and her B.A. from Brown University.

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May
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

Breakout Session 2.1

Cyber & Food Crime


The Cyber Resilience Review, the Cyber Security Framework and some Real-World Data

Robert Vrtis- Senior Engineer, CERT Division, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

The Cyber Resilience Review (CRR) is a one-day facilitated assessment of a critical infrastructure organization’s cybersecurity capabilities in 10 domains. Working with DHS, CERT has collected meaningful indicators of operational resilience from more than 240 organizations. This presentation shows the aggregate results of these assessments, presents insights into specific strengths and weaknesses in cybersecurity capabilities and relates these observations to the Cyber Security Framework.

Brief Bio
Bob Vrtis is a Senior Engineer with the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.  He performs information and critical infrastructure protection research. Bob was responsible for the establishment of the Army CERT at the Land Information Warfare Activity in the late 1990’s. Since retiring from the US Army he has worked in a number of defense contractors, most recently supporting Information Sharing for the US DoD CIO. He holds an MS in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in Mathematics from DePaul University


An Architecture for Cyber Physical Security in the Food Processing Industry

Brian Isle- Consultant, Food Protection & Defense Institute

Brief Bio
Mr. Isle is the co-founder and former CEO of Adventium Labs, and a Senior Fellow at Technological Leadership Institute teaching courses in information assurance and risk assessment. Brian continues his research on critical infrastructure safety and security, building on two decades of security-related experience. Brian is currently supporting the Food Protection and Defense Institute on a DHS-funded program to improve cyber security in the food and agriculture sector.  Brian supported the multi-year DOE-funded NESCOR program to improve the cyber security readiness of the next generation power grid. Brian held key roles on several security-related research programs including a DoD program focused on vulnerability assessment for force protection and a DHS program to apply advanced cyber protection technology to control systems for critical infrastructure. Brian was honored with the 2016 Visionary Leader Award by the Cyber Security Summit. Brian is on the Board of Advisers for Technological Leadership Institute and the Cyber Security Summit. Brian is a member of the National Classification Management Society, a certified Facility Security Officer, and a professional engineer registered in Minnesota. Brian is a member of the Minnesota chapter of the FBI sponsored InfraGard, ASIS International, ISA, and IEEE.

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May
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

Breakout Session 2.2

Growing a Food Defense Workplace Culture


Does Your Employee Tree have Bad Apples that Could Ripen into a Deliberate Adulteration (FD) Incident?

Judy Fadden- Owner, Fadden Analytical Security Services

Personnel working in a food supply chain have significant knowledge of vulnerable access points to contaminate or adulterate products.   If an employee is disgruntled, troubled or mentally disturbed and is assigned to an FDA identified high risk process point (actionable control point) in the food supply chain, there is a higher potential for product sabotage, contamination or adulteration to occur. The Food Safety Modernization Act identifies that disgruntled employees pose a higher risk to product safety and food defense issues with minor consequence assuming the product does not reach the public.  However, with the JIT (just in time) supply chain process, product can be on consumer’s tables the same day it is manufactured.  This presentation will highlight how to recognize the bad apples, or troubled employee vulnerabilities before they ripen into an intentional adulteration incident.

Brief Bio
Judy Fadden has a 35-year career as the Global Security Manager of the General Mills U.S. Supply Chain. Her centers of excellence are Food Defense and Workplace Violence Prevention Program Development. Judy had overall food defense responsibilities for the General Mills’ U.S. supply chain, field to fork. She has expertise in developing food defense plans and regulatory compliance documentation. She has 14 years of workplace violence prevention/intervention expertise.  Judy continues to sit on the ASIS Food Defense Council and participates in the MN Food Safety and Defense Task Force. She consults to assist small and mid-size food companies in the development of Food Defense programs.


Food Defense Through Empowered, Educated, and Engaged Workforce


Arcchana Patil- Senior Manager Food Safety and Food Defense, The Hershey Company

At Hershey, we strongly believe that everyone is responsibility to have a robust and comprehensive food defense program in place to ensure the safety of consumers, physical assets, company reputation and business growth. This presentation will take the audience through the current food defense roadmap at Hershey, give some examples of what has worked and what hasn’t, highlight the key areas of focus in the strategy based on training and education, and share how Hershey has focused on FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule readiness and vulnerability assessments.

Brief Bio
Arcchana Patil has been part of the food manufacturing industry for over fifteen years, with microbiology, HACCP and food safety management as areas of expertise. Arcchana has been leading Hershey's 'Food Defense Program' since moving to the US in 2016.


USDA FSIS Food Defense and Recall Preparedness Scenario-Based Tabletop Exercise Tool


Bryan Norrington- Senior Food Defense Analyst, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) expects to release a modernized version of its Food Defense and Recall Preparedness Scenario-Based Tabletop Exercise Tool in mid-to-late 2017. Originally released in 2013, the Exercise Tool was developed to enhance awareness of the importance of protecting the food supply from intentional adulteration, ensure food defense practices and mitigations are effective, documented and understood, and support industry efforts to test and maintain effective written recall procedures.

Brief Bio
Bryan Norrington is Acting Director of the Food Defense Assessment Staff within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Office of Data Integration and Food Protection. He works with government agencies at all levels, industry, and other organizations to develop and implement strategies to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from intentional adulteration of the food supply. Mr. Norrington conducts outreach and initiates, implements, and manages programs and activities to promote adoption of food defense principles and practices.

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May
4
11:00am11:00am

Plenary Session

FSMA Intentional Adulteration of Food – Legal and Regulatory Considerations and Update

Tony Pavel- Senior Food Lawyer, Cargill

The presentation will provide an update on the legal/regulatory opportunities and challenges that the IA rule presents, as well as provide an update on new legal/regulatory developments that affect the implementation of the rule.

Brief Bio
Tony is Cargill Inc.’s Senior Food Lawyer responsible for food and feed law across Cargill’s North American businesses.  Prior to joining Cargill, Tony was the Deputy Chair of the FDA Practice at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, served as General Counsel and Secretary to the Enzyme Technical Association, and as the past Chair of the Institute of Food Technologist's Food Laws and Regulations Division. During his undergraduate and legal studies, he worked for a food HACCP consulting business.  Tony has been named one of the leading food lawyers in the US by Chambers and Partners and Law360.  

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May
4
9:00am 9:00am

Plenary Session & Panel Discussion

Update on IA Rule Implementation Activities & Panel Discussion on IA Rule and Technical Discussion on Vulnerability Assessments

In this two-part session, speakers will begin with a brief update on the FSMA IA rule implementation activities including implementation strategy, training and guidance to aid in compliance. The second part of the session will be a large panel discussion covering two individual topics: requirements and “hot-topics” regarding the FSMA IA Rule, and a technical discussion on vulnerability assessments. Both parts will have adequate time for questions from the audience. This session is a unique opportunity to learn more from your FDA colleagues, and to get your FSMA IA questions answered.

Jon Woody- Policy Analyst Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Brief Bio
Captain Jon Woody is currently the Acting Director for FDA’s Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. In this role he leads a senior staff of subject matter experts that work to develop policies, tools and resources aimed at preventing intentional adulteration of FDA regulated food products. CAPT Woody has over 10 years experience working on food defense initiatives at FDA. Most recently, CAPT Woody has served as one of the lead technical writers for the Food Safety Modernization Act Intentional Adulteration (IA) proposed and final rules and is the Agency lead for training initiatives in support of the IA final rule. CAPT Woody has extensive experience developing and delivering food defense training, has led numerous training courses both domestically and internationally on food defense concepts, and has worked collaboratively with government and industry stakeholders in numerous countries.

Ryan Newkirk- Senior Advisor for Intentional Adulteration, FDA Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

Brief Bio
Ryan Newkirk, PhD, MPH, is the lead for the Food Safety Modernization Act Intentional Adulteration rule writing workgroup, and is the Senior Advisor for Intentional Adulteration on FDA’s Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition(CFSAN). Dr. Newkirk has worked in terrorism prevention for 15 years, with a specific focus on food defense for ten years. Prior to joining FDA, Dr. Newkirk held a post-doctoral position with United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Food Defense Assessment Staff. Dr. Newkirk completed his doctorate in epidemiology and food defense research at the Food Protection and Defense Institute at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. 

Colin Barthel- Policy Analyst Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Brief Bio
Colin Barthel is a policy analyst with FDA’s Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.  Mr. Barthel has been working in food defense for over 10 years and has been involved in FDA’s vulnerability assessment program since 2006. Mr. Barthel serves as a major contributor for the Food Safety Modernization Act Intentional Adulteration rule, and is a lead for the development of the implementation strategy for the IA rule

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May
3
4:45pm 4:45pm

Rapid Fire Talks- Student Research

How to Use Big Data to Predict and Characterize Disease Outbreaks

Wei Chen, Erin Mann- University of Minnesota


Instantaneous Microbial Screening: A UV Absorbance Detection Method High Resolution Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Ke Xu- University of Minnesota


Rapid Monitoring of Common Food-borne Pathogens Inactivation Dynamics by High Resolution Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Juer Liu, Peng Peng, Dongjie Chen, Yanling Cheng, Paul Chen- University of Minnesota


Handheld Device for Microbial Separation and Concentration

Renu Singh, John Brockgreitens, University of Minnesota

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May
3
4:00pm 4:00pm

Plenary Session

The Changing Face of the Terrorist

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John Larkin- Research Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute

Brief Bio
Dr. John W. Larkin is the Research Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Larkin leads the Institute’s expert research team and global food protection initiatives. He oversees the FPDI research portfolio to include the development and implementation of the Institute’s research strategy.

Dr. Larkin joined FPDI after 27 years with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where his main responsibilities were to manage a research program on shelf-stable and extended shelf-life foods, and to evaluate pertinent regulatory issues for technology used to preserve food. While at FDA, Dr. Larkin was Branch Chief and then Associate Director of Research at the Institute of Food Safety and Health (IFSH) of the Illinois Institute of Technology, a FDA Center for Excellence. Prior to his position at FDA, Dr. Larkin was an assistant professor at Virginia Tech in the Food Science and Technology department. Dr. Larkin holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Food Science and Nutrition from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Engineering and Food Science and Technology from Michigan State University.

 

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May
3
2:15pm 2:15pm

Breakout Session 1.2

Identifying & Measuring Hazards


The Latest Trends in Global Food Safety and Integrity Issues

Jordina Farrus Gubern- Development Manager of Knowledge Solutions, FERA Sciences, Ltd.

Though many food safety risks are well known they are usually difficult to predict. Recognizing the need for a comprehensive source of accurate data on which to base food safety research and risk management practices, our organization has developed a database of over 85,000 global food integrity issues from 1999 to the present. Updated daily from over 110 reliable sources this database (trade named HorizonScan) tracks incidents affecting over 500 food commodities from more than 180 countries, including microbiological contaminants, pesticide residues, veterinary drug residues, mycotoxins, allergens, heavy metals, and fraud/authenticity. In this presentation, we discuss the most recent worldwide trends and statistics for food hazards and illustrate how a global perspective of both current and historical incidents could assist in predicting future risks and in making risk management decisions.

Brief Bio
Jordina Farrus Gubern is the Development Manager for Fera Science Ltd.’s Knowledge Solutions Team. With a degree in Veterinary Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and a Master Degree in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Jordina has worked at Fera since March 2013. Her main role is ensuring the currency of HorizonScan and providing scientific support to the database in order to help the food industry keep abreast of any potential threat to their customer wellbeing, loyalty and brand identity.


SafetySpect: A Multimode, Hyperspectral Imaging Approach to Food Safety and Defense

Daniel Farkas- CEO & Chairman, Spectral Molecular Imaging Inc., SafetySpect, Inc., Chief Scientific Architect (Founder)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates a high incidence of foodborne illness in the US: 3,000 deaths, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 48 million illnesses annually. The most common foodborne illnesses are caused by noroviruses and by the bacteria Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, E. coli and Campylobacter. Optical imaging could be used in real time at critical control points of food processing to inspect for potential contaminants of the supply of meats, produce, and grains. In this presentation, we will discuss the fundamentals of hyperspectral imaging for food quality and contamination analysis, from principles to instrumentation and image processing methods, and the competitive advantages of such imaging approaches to food safety

Brief Bio
Daniel L. Farkas, PhD, a former Fulbright scholar, directed a National Science and Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University that won the Smithsonian Award for Science. He was Professor of Bioengineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, and Vice-chairman for Research and Professor, Department of Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. With several prestigious awards, 200+ publications, 11 editorial boards, and chairing of 32 international conferences, his focus is on translational biomedical optical imaging, in startups and academia.


Screening and Specific Detection of Pathogens in One Hour

Minh-Phoung Bui- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, UMN

A large number of techniques have been used for the detection of foodborne microbes or their byproducts including enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), enzyme immunoassays (EIA), flow cytometry, bioluminescence,fluorescence and DNA-based methods. A number of commercial detection kits are labeled for “rapid microbial detection”. However, these techniques often require 12 – 48 hours of cell enrichment before testing. Here, we introduce a novel homogeneous chemiluminescence assay for sequential microbial screening and specific identification.

Brief Bio
Dr. Minh Phuong Bui obtained a Ph.D degree in Bionanotechnology at Hanyang University, South Korea and a B.S degree in Biology at University of Sciences, Vietnam. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research associate in the department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His current research focuses on the development of methods and technologies for rapid detection of foodborne pathogens and chemical toxins for environmental monitoring, food safety.

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May
3
2:00pm 2:00pm

Breakout Session 1.1

Food, Agriculture, and Corporate Vulnerability


The Department of Homeland Security's Pre-Harvest Agroterrorism Risk Model (PHARM)

Scott White- Bioterrorism/Integrated Terrorism Risk Assessment Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate

The Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate conducts several WMD Terrorism Risk Assessments (TRAs), including the Bioterrorism Risk Assessment (BTRA), Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (CTRA), and an Integrated chemical, biological, radiological, and improvised nuclear Terrorism Risk Assessment (ITRA), all of which address terrorism attack scenarios using food to attack humans. The Pre-Harvest Agroterrorism Risk Model (PHARM) is being developed as an extension of the BTRA to incorporate the risk of an economically motivated biological terrorist attack on agricultural commodities. This talk will address overall goals, and include updates on current status and future development plan.

Brief Bio
Dr. White manages the Bioterrorism Risk Assessment and Integrated (chemical, biological, radiological and improvised nuclear) Risk Assessment programs for the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. These assessments are used to inform the most efficient distribution of protection, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery assets across the Homeland Enterprise against potential terrorist attacks of the greatest risk.     


The Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment: Version 5.0 Updates

Carol Brevett- Principal Scientist, Leidos

The Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC) is the Department of Homeland Security's primary resource for conducting science-based risk analysis and characterization of the threat posed to the nation from an intentional release of toxic chemicals in a populated area. One CSAC program is the Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (CTRA), a biennial assessment of risk associated with a catastrophic release of chemicals. The CTRA is a probabilistic risk assessment that allows the threat, vulnerability, consequences, mitigation techniques and their associated uncertainties to be processed together to yield a comprehensive evaluation of risk to the nation for the compounds of concern. This talk will briefly summarize the CTRA, highlight CTRA 5.0 results, and introduce the IAAT.

Brief Bio
Dr. Carol Brevett has worked for Leidos at CSAC on the Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (CTRA), where she performed targeted analyses for stakeholders, collected and analyzed pertinent input data for the CTRA.  She previously determined the degradation rates and products formed by chemical warfare agents on environmental substrates using liquid and solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy; and prior to that developed new metal oxide pigments for the coatings, polymer, cosmetics and paper markets. Dr. Brevett has a Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University, Ames, IA and a B. Sc. (Hons.) from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


The Globalization of Vulnerability Assessment and FSMA’s IA Rule

Gustavo Herman- Senior Manager Security International, The Hershey Company

Many Fortune 500 companies face distributed risk in a variety of countries and cultures. Both local and global are relevant business perspectives, since the local view provides agility and invaluable insights on threats/opportunities, while global holistic governance provides compliance, consistency, and resource efficiency. Attendees will identify critical elements to assess, manage, & mitigate risk, while addressing complex challenges from the new FSMA IA rule, in seamless collaboration with experts in cybersecurity, food sciences, physical security, private investigations, and emergency management.

Brief Bio
Gustavo Herman has over 15 years of experience enabling growth and competitive advantage through risk management/mitigation for transnational organizations, including the protection of two iconic food brands (Fortune 100 & 500). His academic background includes a master's degree in global management, a bachelor's degree on information security engineering, and various college degrees in business administration, economics, accounting, and liberal arts and is certified as a CPP (ASIS International) and CRISK (ISACA).

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May
3
1:15pm 1:15pm

Food For Thought

No Farmers, No Food

Eric Sannerud- Founding Member of Central Minnesota Young Farmers Coalition

The trends don't lie. Farmers in America are getting grayer. Farmers in America are also disappearing. This loss isn't just a food system problem. It touches our rural communities, public health, stewardship of our one Earth, our economies, on top of a secure food supply. Since these aren't alternative facts, what are our options for addressing them? Eric will pull on his and other's experience as young farmers to paint a picture of how we can move towards a safer, healthier, more just and more vibrant agriculture in America.

Brief Bio
Eric R. Sannerud is a farmer, thinker, and entrepreneur. Eric is co-founder and CEO of Mighty Axe Hops, Minnesota’s largest hop farm. His first collection of poetry, Keep Your Eye Out, explores the reality and absolute sweetness of the farming life. Eric is a Minneapolis Saint Paul Business Journal 40 Under 40 and a Minnesota Business Magazine Top 35 young entrepreneurs. He is a founding member of the Central Minnesota Young Farmers Coalition, a Udall Scholar, and a Fellow of the Future.

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May
3
to May 4

Plenary Session

  • The Commons Hotel- Main Ballroom (map)
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Resources to Assist in the Prevention of Adulteration in the Spice Supply Chain

Cheryl Deem- Executive Director, American Spice Trade Association 

The adulteration of food products was first seen hundreds of years ago, with Greek botanist Theophrastus (370 – 285 BC) reporting on the use of artificial flavors in the food supply and on the use of adulterants for economic reasons in some items of commerce.  Pliny the Elder (23 – 79 AD) detailed adulteration in a variety of food products, including the use of juniper berries in pepper, the first recorded adulteration of a spice.  This presentation will look at some instances of recent adulteration in spices and resources available from the American Spice Trade Association to assist companies in the prevention and detection of adulteration

Brief Bio
Cheryl Deem has been with the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) since January 2003 and as Executive Director has oversight of all Association programs.  She works with the ASTA Board of Directors to set the strategic direction of the association and then works with the ASTA staff to ensure the goals are met.  She represents ASTA at a variety of spice industry meetings around the world and those travels have taken her around the world to various spice growing regions including India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Turkey.  Cheryl has worked in Association management for more than 25 years.  She has a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin and started her career as a radio news anchor and reporter. 

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May
3
10:45am10:45am

Plenary Session

European Union initiatives to detect and prevent fraud in the food chain

Franz Ulberth- Head of Fraud Detection and Prevention Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Geel, Belgium

International collaboration on food safety is already well established, while for food authenticity this is not yet the case. There is a great need for international harmonisation in order to be able to detect and, what is more important, prevent or at least minimise fraud. Therefore, the fight against food fraud calls for a global approach involving cooperation and consultation among all stakeholders at all levels of the food chain. Prevention of fraud in the agri-food chain and promotion of authentic products is a major element to assure the commercial success of European high-value agri-food products on international markets. Loosing reputation in this area will negatively impact on competitiveness and profitability of farmers in the EU. On top, the basic right of consumers to have access to authentic products has to be protected.

On 14 January 2014 the European Parliament published a resolution on the food crisis, fraud in the food chain and the control thereof, calling on the European Commission, amongst other issues, to give food fraud the full attention it warrants and to take all necessary steps to make the prevention and combating of food fraud an integral part of EU policy.

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has long-standing expertise in food science including authenticity research and expertise in developing, applying and validating analytical methods to detect fraud in the food chain. The presentation will review initiatives of the European Commission to fight fraud in the food chain and address needs and research gaps that can only be plugged by international cooperation.

Brief Bio
Franz Ulberth is Head of the Fraud Detection and Prevention Unit at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. Franz graduated (PhD) in "Food Science and Biotechnology" from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. In 1994 he was appointed professor of food chemistry at the same university. Franz joined JRC in 2002 as a programme co-ordinator for food and environmental reference materials. In 2007 Franz was nominated Head of the Food Safety and Quality Unit. As of July 2016 he heads a newly created Unit devoted to detection of fraud in the food chain and selected consumer goods such as tobacco. He represents the Joint Research Centre in relevant food related technical committees of standards developing organisations such as the European Committee for Standardization, International Organization for Standardization, AOAC International and the Codex Alimentarius. Franz served for a long time on the editorial board of Food Chemistry, European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, and currently is editorial board member of Food Additives and Contaminants.

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May
3
10:00am10:00am

Plenary Session

Genomics as a Countermeasure for Food Defense

Robert Hanner- Associate Professor, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, Department of Integrative Biology. University of Guelph

Global food security is recognized as one of the most important issues of the 21st century and takes many forms, including sustainable production, equitable distribution and reducing food waste. Within this overarching framework, defending the food supply from various threats requires a variety of tools. One of the most promising includes genomics, which is seeing diverse applications in crop improvements (e.g. increased crop yield, drought tolerance and pest resistance) but also has a central role to play in the surveillance of pathogens and the detection of food fraud. This talk will discuss the emergence of biodiversity genomics and its broad application in agricultural biomonitoring, as well as specific applications aimed to detect the adulteration and mislabelling of food ingredients an natural health products. Case studies will be discussed that demonstrate the relevance of various genomic tools as countermeasures against food fraud and their overall importance to food security.

Brief Bio:
Dr. Hanner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph, where he is also appointed to the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and the Food Institute. He received his BSc from Eastern Michigan University and PhD from the University of Oregon. He pursued postdoctoral research at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) before joining the AMNH as a Curatorial Associate, where he spearheading the development of their Ambrose Monell Cryo Collection for Molecular and Microbial Research. Robert then served as Scientific Director of the Coriell Cell Repositories at the Coriell Institute of Medical Research and has also served as a past president of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). He currently serves as the North American Node Representative to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). His research focus on molecular biodiversity has seen various applications in support of food security through the biosurveillance of agricultural pests and by measuring the impacts of varied agricultural practices on the biodiversity underpinning the productivity of soils. However, he is perhaps most well known for research that has engaged citizen scientists, journalists and NGOs in revealing market substitution (aka food fraud), both in Canada and internationally.

 

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May
3
8:30am 8:30am

Welcome & Keynote Address

Welcome

Amy Kircher- Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute

 

Keynote Address

Food Crime Matters- A UK Perspective on Serious dishonesty in food supply chains

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Andy Morling- Head of Food Crime, UK National Food Crime Unit


At the start of 2013, the UK awoke to a new landscape in which serious acts of dishonesty had taken place in European food supply chains. The discovery of horse DNA in processed beef products changed everything. For an industry in which trust played such a prominent role from farm to fork, the sense that this might somehow be misplaced hit consumers, industry and government hard. Everyone with a stake in safe and authentic food felt the pain. Pain at the violation itself but most acutely at the demonstration that food was not inviolate. In order to tackle this newly synthesized criminal threat, the UK government established the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) in London.  The unit has now been fully operational for a year. This presentation explores the dynamics of the food crime threat, what makes it especially challenging from a law enforcement perspective and outlines the UK response to this form of offending.

Brief Bio
Andy began his law enforcement career 25 years ago as a specialist investigator in the globally respected Investigation Division of Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise. The focus of this role was tackling the threat to the UK from international drug trafficking and serious economic crime. In 2001, following the lengthy trial of an internationally prominent sports promoter, Andy received a formal commendation from the trial Judge at Southwark Crown Court for his role leading the complex fraud investigation. Andy developed particular expertise in the use of covert surveillance and other sensitive investigative and intelligence gathering techniques. This specialism took him away from operational work on secondment to a role in national police surveillance training.  At the end of his secondment, Andy returned to frontline law enforcement leading serious and complex investigations into financial crime and international bribery and corruption at the Serious Fraud Office at its London headquarters. In 2010 Andy joined the National Crime Agency with responsibility for tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse. Working directly to the Prime Minister’s Office Andy lead the UK law enforcement element of the joint UK/US Taskforce to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation. Andy was tasked, in 2015, with building and leading the new National Food Crime Unit and leading the UK fight against this serious dishonesty in food supply chains.  

 

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