Course Objectives

 At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and differentiate between food protection, food safety, food defense, and food security
  2. Understand how the complexity of the food system makes it vulnerable to nefarious acts at any point in the supply chain, and learn ways to make it safer for consumers
  3. Identify motivations and methods that lead to food defense incidents and how to protect against them
  4. Understand food defense policy, regulatory requirements, and implications of evolving food defense law
  5. Identify strategies of investigation for food defense incidents, including how food system terms and concepts can be used to help investigate crimes in the food system (e.g., a vulnerability may be a potential lead)

Debra Freedman


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Deb Freedman is the Education Manager at the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI). She is responsible for managing the Institute’s educational portfolio; focused on work force readiness and workplace learning. To this end, she works with University of Minnesota researchers and scholars, government, food industry professionals, public school teachers, and other Emergency Responders to develop teaching materials, certificate programs, professional courses, and training guides. 

She has had many and varied experiences in the field of education. Prior to joining FPDI she was an Online Learning Consultant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada; a sessional instructor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada; and, an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Penn State University.