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Headliners, the University of Minnesota’s popular current event series, returns October 6 for its 11th season with new opportunities to meet with University experts as they share firsthand knowledge of today's most intriguing stories—medical breakthroughs, culture clashes, social trends, foreign affairs, and more! Hear the Who, What, Why, and How from an insider's point of view, and then ask questions and share your insights in a moderated Q&A.

Protecting Your Lunch: Food Fraud and AdulterationAK

Of all the critical infrastructures in the United States, food and agriculture is of the utmost importance. You cannot opt out of eating! Unfortunately, the intentional adulteration of our food is taking place with increasing frequency. Typically, the adulteration is borne out of food fraud and the desire to make money (e.g., horse meat used as substitute for beef or wood pulp added to cheese). However, sabotage and terrorism also have resulted in adulterated foods.

Join us October 6, when Dr. Amy Kircher will provide an overview of the US food and agriculture sector—a globally distributed and highly integrated system of systems. Kircher will explain how the sector’s complexity stems from the diversity of production, processing, and delivery systems—from small companies to multinational food corporations. But more, she’ll explain how the Food Protection and Defense Institute protects your lunch!

Dr. Amy Kircher is the Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence), and an Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. 

As Director, she leads the FPDI's initiatives and coordinates a research consortium of experts dedicated to protecting the food system through research and education. Her current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions through data fusion and analysis. In addition, she serves on several federal committees and working groups to advance public health preparedness.

Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Kircher was the Command epidemiologist with the NORAD—US Northern Command (N-NC) Office of the Command Surgeon. At N-NC she led disease surveillance, epidemiologic modeling, and bioterrorism preparedness, and served as a public health expert. 

Her extensive background in Homeland Security Defense includes supporting operations and response during national disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and H1N1. She is the recipient of the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal and the DoD Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal for work at the Commands.

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