Prevention and Preparation

Planning and preparing for an emergency.

Provides disaster prevention and preparation resources for the food and agricultural sectors from the farm to the table continuum. This includes producers, transporters, manufacturers, regulators, consumers, policy makers, and more.


Food and Cosmetic Security Preventive Measures Guidance

FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Guidance on food and cosmetic security preventative measures for topics on importers and filers, food producers, processors and transporters, dairy farms, bulk milk transporters, bulk milk transfer stations and fluid milk processors, retail food stores and food service establishments and cosmetic processors and transporters.

Food Defense 101 (including ALERT)

FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Identifies the five key points in decreasing the risk of food contamination that can be utilized by a variety of businesses and industries. The intention of ALERT is to raise food defense issue awareness among government agencies and other industries. ALERT brochures are available in a variety of different languages.

Terrorist Threats to Food - Guidelines for Establishing and Strengthening Prevention and Response Systems

World Health Organization.

A response document to the increasing concern from member states that chemical, biological or radionuclear agents might be used deliberately to harm civilian populations and that food might be a vehicle for disseminating such agents.

Food and Agricultural Biosecurity: Planning and Preparedness

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

Summarizes current national policy initiatives for foodsystem biosecurity. Provides brief descriptions on planning and preparing for threats and responses related to food contamination and on information sharing regarding detection of food contamination in laboratories.

An Overview of the Carver Plus Shock Method for Food Sector Vulnerability Assessments (PDF | 175 KB)

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Carver is a tool that assesses resources that are most vulnerable for attack. This tool measures for criticality, accessibility, recuperability, vulnerability, effect and recognizability. These aspects are explored as well as the steps for conducting a carver plus shock analysis throughout this overview report.

Initial Assessment of Food System Biosecurity Threats

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

Defines food biosecurity and its purpose as well as details threats and responses related to food contamination. Topics include pre-event planning for detection and response, discovery of an abnormal physical characteristic in a food item, reports of unusual illnesses among employees and consumers, observation of suspicious behavior by employees or consumers, occurrence of a security breach or evidence of tampering, receipt of a threat via telephone or mail and what to do when two or more events occur simultaneously.

Food Defense Diagnostic Tool

The Food Industry Center. University of Minnesota.

The Food Industry Center, with funding from the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, has designed a Best Practices in Food Defense Diagnostic Tool. The diagnostic tool will help companies benchmark their current practices and provide a report of their answers as compared to the industry average, industry leader, and the gap between the user and industry leader.

Employees FIRST

FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Employees FIRST is an FDA initiative that food industry managers can include in their ongoing employee food defense training programs. Educates front-line food industry workers from farm to table about the risk of intentional food contamination and the actions they can take to identify and reduce these risks.