Bioterrorism: Threat to the U.S. Food System - Biological Agents of Concern [brochure] [open pdf - 3MB]
"Food bioterrorism is an intentional attack targeted against the food system using a disease-causing biological agent. The U.S. food supply is susceptible to intentional contamination by terrorists, where food could be used as a vehicle for introducing harmful disease pathogens into the United States. The U.S. food system is far reaching, encompassing the full range of domestically produced foods (fish, fruits, grains, meats, nuts, poultry, vegetables), a large variety of processed food products (deli meat, juices, milk, snack foods, etc.), as well as those foods and food products imported into the United States. Most common food-borne illnesses are caused by a handful of bacterial species, most notably Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and Shigella. Terrorists could intentionally add these commonly found food pathogens or other bioterrorism threat agents to legally or illegally imported foods, or contaminate a facility where foods are being produced, packaged, and distributed."
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