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Global Food Defense Institute

For the very first time, D.L. Newslow & Associates, Inc. is partnering with Mr. Rod Wheeler of the Global Food Defense Institute to offer a brand-new 2-day Food Defense workshop to our valued clients! Rod is the Founder of The Global Food Defense Institute, which serves the food, agricultural and chemical industry in protecting products against intentional, deliberate acts of tampering and adulteration as well as assisting companies protect their assets and employee safety procedures.

Rod also offers classes on how to deal with an active shooter in the workplace. Although we all hope we never have to deal with such a terrifying situation, research has proven that people who are trained and prepared are more likely to react in an appropriate manner, potentially saving lives and diffusing tense situations while minimizing loss of life and personal injury.

We are offering these valuable workshops in our classic Orlando location, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. – or we can also bring the workshop to you! This is a great way to train multiple employees in a simple and cost-effective way. Contact us today to learn more.


The Global Food Defense Institute is an international leader of providing training and services that protect the world’s food supply from intentional and deliberate contamination or sabotage from terrorist groups, disgruntled workers and others. GFDI provides educational, training and certification programs for the food, agricultural and chemical industries to ensure confidence and protection. GDFI has developed critical partnerships with national leading experts in food safety such as Newslow & Associates, Merieux NutriSciences, ACET Global Consulting, United States Pharmacopeia and The Northwest Food Processors Association.


Previously, Rod has served as the Homeland Security, Food Defense Subject Matter Expert for AIB International. In that capacity, he developed and conducted numerous training and educational programs. As the former Director of the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness with the Food Products Association in Washington DC, Rod created and developed an entire series of Homeland Security & Defense programs, to support many food processing, manufacturing and retail corporations in developing and implementing food safety, facility safety and security plans, procedures, guidelines and food tampering investigations. Rod was also appointed and served as the Secretariat of the Food and Agricultural Coordinating Council, which consist of high level Federal and State Government officials as well as senior food industry sector representatives that focuses primarily on implementing emergency preparedness strategies for the protection of the food infrastructure in the United States. Rod have conducted nearly 500 Physical Security Vulnerability Assessments and have written dozens of Security Response and Crisis Management plans for corporations large and small. Additionally, Rod has conducted numerous investigations surrounding asset loss, safety and health investigations, and product tampering/sabotage incidents.


With a BA degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, and a Key Executive Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from American University in Washington DC, Rod has remained active around the United States speaking to several organizations on crime related issues, as well as advising and consulting on many major high-profile cases of national interest such as the Sniper Shootings in Washington DC, the Virginia Tech Shooting Massacre, the Washington Navy Yard shooting, the Newtown School shooting, as well as several other major high profile cases of national interest. Rod has also completed high level training in Terrorism Identification and Response and Workplace Violence from the esteemed Brookings Institute in Washington DC. His expertise is also in Responding to and Preventing Active Shooter Situations in the workplace.


Rod is a nationally recognized expert in criminal investigation, law enforcement, Food Defense (FSMA) and a motivational speaker. Rod is an active member of the American Society of Criminology, Association of Contingency Planning, National Association of Crime Analyst, National Blacks in Criminal Justice Association, The National Association of Investigative Specialist, The American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, The International Public Safety Association and the past chairman of the Food Defense Security Council of ASIS.


Rod has assisted dozens of U.S. based companies develop global security plans and procedures and training on these procedures. Recent clients consist of Starbucks, PepsiCo, RJ Reynolds Tobacco, Frito-Lay, ConAgra, Lifeline Foods and others. In 2010 Rod was presented with a high-level honor from the United States Army Veterinary service for providing guidance and training to over 200 military personnel for assisting the US Military develop Food Defense programs and guidelines for its vendors, suppliers and military bases around the world.


Rod resides in the greater Washington DC area and is a proud member at the Ebenezer AME church.

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