Food Engineering

New model for assessing agroterrorism risk in food supply chain

The $100 million project is aimed at preventing an attack on US food supply

January 2, 2013

New model for assessing agroterrorism risk in food supply chain

Researchers at the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department (ISyE) are developing a model for assessing vulnerability in the food supply chain with an eye toward preventing intentional acts of contamination, known as “agroterrorism.” The six-year, $100 million project began in 2010 and is funded by the US Department of Homeland Security’s National Center for Food Protection and Defense. Researchers are currently using the model to examine vulnerabilities in food supply chain for liquid eggs, and early results have shown the chain could be better protected from attack through investment and adaptability in the production process.