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Recorded Webinars collaborated with Foodseminarsinternational
Ensuring Safe and Secure Food Systems
Ensuring Food Systems are Safe and Secure:
Understanding New Threats
(Webinar length:  1h 9m)

Concerns about food safety are more complex as a result of globalization. Linking local,
national, and global food systems has provided tremendous benefits to consumers in terms of
availability, variety, and pricing of food. The results of greater connectivity, however, have not
been entirely positive as networked food systems are being recognized as considerable
sources of threat and vulnerability.


Optimizing food safety involves ensuring that food supplies remain free from health threats
whether from natural or accidental contamination. Food safety must also involve preventing
actors with nefarious intent from using food systems to intentionally cause harm for criminal,
terrorist or warfighting purposes (a set of concerns often discussed as food defense).

Despite national and international regulatory efforts to improve food safety, foodborne illness
remains a significant area of concern. Contamination of crops, livestock, and food supplies
can have significant impacts on human and animal health as well as the cost and availability
of food. Beyond governmental efforts, today’s food safety concerns present firms and industry
sectors with considerable challenges to protect products and brands from harm by
considering how to reduce threats and vulnerabilities in their operations.

This webinar will examine trends and challenges to food safety and food defense with a
particular focus on questions of governance, regulation and legal issues including
consideration of roles for individuals, companies, and government agencies.

Areas covered in the webinar:

Overview of the changing landscape of food safety threats and vulnerabilities
Discussion of trends in food production and consumption
Overview of areas of responsibility for food safety and food defense
Discussion of planning and preparedness needs for firms and agencies
Future directions in food safety concerns

Who will benefit:

Quality Control/Quality Assurance Managers
Production Managers
Product Developers
R&D, Sales and Marketing Personnel
Nutritionists and Dieticians
Regulatory Specialists
Food Scientists and Technologists
Food Safety Personnel
Government Food Inspectors
In-House and Independent Attorneys

Presenter - Bryan L. McDonald, Ph.D

Bryan L. McDonald is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the
Pennsylvania State University. He studies the changing landscape of global security threats
and vulnerabilities that impact the national security of states and the human security of
individuals and communities. His current research topics include: the politics of food security,
food safety and food defense; environmental politics and sustainability; and the security
impacts of transnational threats such as environmental change, health threats, and terrorism.
Dr. McDonald is the author of Food Security (Polity Press, 2010) as well as numerous books
and articles. He is a Fellow at Penn State’s International Center for the Study of Terrorism and
a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the
University of California, Irvine. Dr. McDonald received his B.A. and M.A. from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.

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