Staying ALERT about Food Defense

FSM2307pg26-34Staying ALERT about Food Defense

FDA has created ALERT, a tool to help restaurants prevent deliberate contamination of food. ALERT is an acronym that stands for Assure, Look, Employees, Reports and Threat. It is linked to five questions designed to raise awareness within the food sector with regard to important food defense issues such as product security and reporting of suspicious behavior.

Food defense is a term used to describe activities associated with protecting the nation’s food supply from intentional contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has adopted three broad strategies that encompass its food defense activities:

Prevention. Increase awareness among federal, state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector of where the greatest vulnerabilities lie and develop effective protection strategies to shield the food supply from intentional contamination.

Response. Develop the capacity for a rapid, coordinated response to a foodborne terrorist attack.

Recovery. Develop the capacity for a rapid, coordinated recovery from a foodborne terrorist attack.

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