Center Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI)
  • Food Systems
  • Supply Chain
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Food Safety Modernization Act
Contact Tim Boyer, PhD, Epidemiologist



Food and agriculture comprise a systems-based infrastructure that contains a complex network of farms, individual production or processing facilities, and distribution, which the United States relies on economically, and the world relies upon as a reliable source of food. These complex food systems derive their efficiency and vulnerability from the way each supply chain system is constructed. Methods that document and assess the components that comprise this critical food infrastructure are needed to prevent naturally occurring and anthropogenic disasters from crippling the food system. 

CRISTAL is a user-friendly software PROTOTYPE that enables private food companies and the government to compare disparate food systems for the allocation of scarce security and risk mitigation resources.

The CRISTAL project team is engaging private food companies to improve understanding of their risks, and ultimately increases the safety and security of global food systems. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) places an increased emphasis on supply chain documentation, product tracing, and event response. CRISTAL is one tool that helps companies accomplish these tasks. Furthermore, CRISTAL technology is focused on assisting the private sector with identifying where mitigation resources are most needed during catastrophic supply-chain failures.