Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Food Safety

As the world's food supply becomes more global, a safe and secure food supply chain becomes increasingly important.

A food contamination event – whether unintentional or the result of a terrorist act – can quickly become a catastrophic event in our ever-more-connected modern world.

Researchers at the Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy are expanding knowledge in this important area and developing intelligent tools that connect the myriad players in the global food supply chain to reduce response time for food-contamination events.

The N.C. Foodborne Events Data Integration and Analysis tool, for instance, is food safety early-alert system developed with support from the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions in collaboration with the N.C. Center for Public Health Preparedness at UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Designed for the state of North Carolina and as a national model, it provides capabilities for visualizing, analyzing and integrating data for managing a foodborne contamination event in real time.