Food Defense: The Vital Role of International Collaboration: Remarks of Marc L. Ostfield at the Biennial Meeting, The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD), June 28, 2007   [open pdf - 49KB]

From the remarks of Marc L. Ostfield: "I'd like to talk about some of the terms we use in our work and then some of the international issues for your consideration as researchers working on food defense. I should start off by indicating that there is a genuine terrorist threat to the global food supply, both at the production and processing stages. In May 2002, the World Health Assembly recognized this threat when it stated that "the malicious contamination of food for terrorist purposes is a real and current threat, and deliberate contamination of food at one location could have global public health implications." Evidence indicates that terrorist groups have considered the food supply as a target. Before the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, many modern bioterrorism attacks were perpetrated using food products with the express purpose of extortion, corporate sabotage, terrorism, political influence, destruction of brand or company image, and/or destruction of an economic sector. Materials discovered at Al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan show knowledge of specific agents that could be used to contaminate the food supply (their sources, maintenance, growth and toxicity) and the potential of the food supply as a means of distributing those agents for maximum harm."

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