The Relationship of Biosecurity to Sanitation
Knowledge of the threat of bioterrorism in food processing and preparation is essential to the maintenance of a safe food supply. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided some beneficial guidelines for the processing, storage, and protection against bioterrorism, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has implemented guidelines for enforcement of the Bioterrorism Act. The development of a functional food defense plan that is developed, implemented, tested, reviewed, and maintained is the cornerstone of a food defense program.
Since pest management is an integral part of food security, the training of pest management personnel is a viable method to improve food safety through monitoring the premises for indications of bioterrorism. Biosecurity and pest management personnel should collaborate to create a set of common goals and training opportunities. The FDA and USDA have websites for the food industry that includes an extensive amount of information about biosecurity including food defense plans, risk mitigation tools, and a food defense plan builder.
KeywordsBiosecurity Bioterrorism Cybersecurity Food defense plan FDA Records RFID Security Traceability
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