In the United States, food defense is a commitment made by the food industry, public health, law enforcement and our government to prevent terrorists from intentionally contaminating food. Terrorists may want to harm our food supply to cause injury or illness, or to cause financial damage to individuals and businesses.
We offer our local businesses mitigation strategies that they can follow to prevent terrorists from entering food facilities and causing harm. A safe food supply is essential to our daily lives. We encourage all citizens to be attentive and remember if you see something, say something.
Why CCBH Is Concerned About Food Defense
An imposter posing as a food inspector reported
Concerns about intentional contamination
Employees never challenged during routine inspections
Insufficient awareness among food operators
Activities associated with protecting the nation’s food supply from deliberate or intentional acts of contamination or tampering
Lowered thresholds for response
Known Food Defense Weaknesses
Not part of traditional food safety inspection process
Limited food defense training opportunities
Not challenging unfamiliar persons to provide identification
Security vs. courtesy
Food Defense Tips
Post large signs stating that all visitors to non- public areas are required to sign-in and obtain a visitor’s badge
Employees escort unidentified visitor to management for I.D./verification
Maintain a roster of authorized visitors with photos
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