The Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) website is dedicated to uniting Federal, State and Local Laboratories for food emergency response. "The Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) integrates the nation's food-testing laboratories at the local, state, and federal levels into a network that is able to respond to emergencies involving biological, chemical, or radiological contamination of food. The FERN structure is organized to ensure federal and state inter-agency participation and cooperation in the formation, development, and operation of the network. The FERN plays a number of critical roles related to food security and food defense. These include: 1. Prevention. FERN provides a national surveillance program that will offer early means of detecting threat agents in the American food supply; 2. Preparedness. FERN prepares the nation's laboratories to be able to respond to food-related emergencies; 3. Response. FERN offers significant surge capacity that will strengthen the nation's response towards widespread complex emergencies, intentional or inadvertent related to agents in food; and 4. Recovery. The FERN network of laboratories enhances the ability of the country to restore confidence in the food supply following a threat or an actual emergency targeting the nation's food supply."
Food Emergency Response Network (FERN): http://www.fernlab.org/