Protecting America's Meat, Poultry and Egg Products: A Report to the Secretary on the Food Security Initiatives of the Food Safety and Inspection Service [open pdf - 544KB]
Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has strengthened coordinated efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to food-related emergencies resulting from acts of terrorism. With a strong food safety infrastructure already in place, FSIS has been able to focus on fortifying existing programs and improving lines of communication both internally and externally. Through cooperation with industry, consumers and other government agencies, FSIS has an extensive system in place that, with enhancements completed and underway, can reduce the threat of, and properly respond to, a food security emergency. This booklet details ongoing efforts to improve food safety--for example, improving surveillance systems for identifying food-borne illnesses and outbreaks more quickly, ensuring that risk-reduction strategies are more science based, and conducting public education programs.