Progress Report to Secretary Tommy G. Thompson: Ensuring the Safety and Security of the Nation's Food Supply [open pdf - 75KB]
This document summarizes the role played by FDA in combating the terrorist threat to foods. The events of September 11, 2001, heightened the nation's awareness and placed a renewed focus on ensuring the protection of the nation's critical infrastructures. A terrorist attack on the food supply could pose both severe public health and economic impacts, while damaging the public's confidence in the food we eat. FDA thorough it's aggressive program, has made significant progress in strengthening the safety and security of the Nation's food supply. This progress has been achieved through the application of FDA's 10-step program which focuses on a stronger FDA, a strategic approach to screening food imports, issuing rules in accordance with Bioterrorism Act Regulations, issuing new industry guidance documents, conducting vulnerability and threat assessments of the nation's food supply, ramping up targeted surveillance of both domestic and imported food under Operation Liberty Shield, establishing the Office of Crisis Management, making laboratory enhancements, pursuing research on the development of prevention and mitigation technologies and strategies, and interagency communication and collaboration.