Bioterrorism: Threat to the U.S. Food System - Concerns for Food Imports [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. Imported foods arrive daily in the United States on ships from all over the world, and on trucks and rail from Canada and Mexico. The possibility exists for deliberate contamination within the foreign country, during international transport to the United States, or domestically during storage or transport from a port of entry."
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