(posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019)
March General Meeting, Thursday, March 28, 2019
Fred Fricke, US FDA (retired)
Walsh University Barrette Center, 5:30 PM Networking, 6:30 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Lecture
The lecture is free and open to the public. Dinner reservations required.
RSVP by March 21 to Charles Kausch $30 for members/public and $10 for students. Specify: Pasta del Sol (vegetarian), Stuffed Pork Chops or Chicken Marsala
Forensic Analysis of Adulterated Foods and Drugs
In 1982, Fred Fricke used forensic techniques to establish an elemental profile of the cyanide used in the infamous Tylenol tampering incident that killed seven persons in Chicago. The FDA became more involved with forensic analysis and in 1990 established the Forensic Chemistry Center (FCC). Every year, the FCC receives samples from the intentional product tampering of foods including baby food, eye drops, insulin and dietary supplements and many unintentional contaminations such as seafood during the Deep Water Horizon Oil spill. The FCC is also responsible for analysis and detection of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and “natural” supplements which may contain undisclosed pharmaceutical actives.
Biography: Fred Fricke served as the director of the FDA Forensic Chemistry Center from 1990 until 2012. He sat on the Board of Directors of the FBI's Scientific Working Group for Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism. Responsible for establishing a network of Federal and State laboratories to respond to terrorist attacks on our food or drug supply. Founded the International Laboratory Forum on Counterfeit Medicines.