Calls for papers



Special Issue on: "Food Defence"

Guest Editors:
Roberto Setola, Università CAMPUS Bio-Medico di Roma, Italy
Roberta Onori, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy

Immediately after the 9/11 attack, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stressed the risk “of deliberate contamination of food for human consumption with biological, chemical and physical agents or radionuclear materials for the purpose of causing injury or death to civilian populations and/or disrupting social, economic or political stability”. Thereafter, many countries started developing “food defence strategies” and have classified the food supply chain as a nationally critical structure. These strategies encompass methodologies, tools and procedures to prevent, contrast and repress any malicious manipulation or alteration of food done by terrorists, criminals, mythomaniacs and also by disgruntled internal company staff.

This special issue aims at setting the state of the art, both in research and application, by providing an opportunity for presenting recent achievements with regard to the development and application of models and techniques for the analysis of the threats, vulnerabilities and counter measures developed for improving the safety and the continuity of the food supply chain with respect to any type of malicious manipulation or attack.

Subject Coverage
In the contest of this issue, original research papers, innovative application results and reviews are solicited in relevant aspects of food defence, including but not limited to:
  • Food defence/food security strategies and policies
  • Anti-tampering systems and technologies
  • Risk analysis of the food supply chain
  • Impact analysis of food contamination
  • Technologies and procedures to prevent, deter and contrast food manipulation
  • Threats analysis of contaminating agents
  • Social implications of food insecurity
  • Case studies on risk analysis for malicious manipulation of food supply chains

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for draft manuscript submission: 15 October, 2010
(Please inform the Guest Editors about your intention to contribute at your earliest convenience)

Notification of review results: 30 January, 2011

Deadline for revised manuscript submission: 28 February, 2011