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Food Processing Companies, Restaurants, and Foodservice Providers: Do You Have a Current Food Defense Plan?

February 8, 2011 1 comment

Is your company implementing plans to protect its products from intentional harm?  Reducing this risk helps protect your customers, your employees, and your business.

What is a Food Defense Plan?

A Food Defense Plan is a written plan to identify, address, and minimize the risk of intentional harm to food, such as deliberately adding pesticide to ground beef sold for human consumption.

Why is a Food Defense Plan Necessary?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has determined that the food and agriculture industry is one of the nation’s most critical elements of infrastructure.  This trillion-plus dollar industry may be vulnerable to attack.

How Can My Business Develop a Food Defense Plan?

Preparing a Food Defense Plan requires identifying potential vulnerabilities, preparing a written plan to minimize them, and verifying the effectiveness of the food defense measures.  The FDA and USDA have free food defense plan development and training resources available.