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Food Defense

Food defense is putting measures in place that reduce the chances of the food supply from becoming intentionally contaminated using a variety of chemicals, biological agents or other harmful substances by people who want to do us harm. These agents could include materials that are not naturally-occurring or substances not routinely tested for in food products. A terrorist’s goal might be to kill people, disrupt our economy, or ruin your business. Intentional acts generally occur infrequently, can be difficult to detect, and are hard to predict.

Food defense is not the same as food safety. Food safety addresses the accidental contamination of food products during storage and transportation and focuses on biological, chemical or physical hazards. The main types of food safety hazards are microbes, chemicals and foreign objects. Products can become contaminated through negligence and contamination can occur during storage and transportation.

The following links can help as you develop a Food Defense Plan:

Meat & Poultry Slaughter & Processing Plants

Developing a Food Defense Plan

Self-Assessment Checklist for Slaughter & Processing Plants

Food Defense Plan

Food Processing Plants

Guide to Developing a Food Defense Plan for Food Processing Plants

Warehouse & Distribution Centers

Guide to Developing a Food Defense Plan for Warehouse & Distribution Centers