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UK helps food, beverage businesses defend against attacks

Businesses involved in the food and beverage industries need to understand what motivates people to sabotage their products, according to the latest version of a 58-page guidance document issued by the government of the United Kingdom. Published earlier this week by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the British Standards Institute, the revised guidance for industry… Continue Reading

Possible breach of food defense leads to recall of chicken products

Minnesota’s GNP Company, based in Cold Spring, late Saturday recalled approximately 55,608 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The company discovered sand and black soil was turning up in some of the products, and reported it to… Continue Reading

FSIS: Slightly More Processing Plants Adopt Food Defense Plans

The number of food processing plants in the U.S. with a food defense plan rose from 83 percent to 84 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest Food Defense Plan Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). A food defense plan is a system that works… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Kennedy on Food Security and Fraud

Shaun Kennedy, director of the Food System Institute and professor at the University of Minnesota, recently sat down with Food Safety News to discuss a number of topics related to food security and food fraud. What challenges do we face with keeping the U.S. food system secure from intentional contamination? What foods are most susceptible to… Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: FERN’s Goal is Quick Response to Food Contamination

Federal and state health officials investigating foodborne illness outbreaks and other food safety emergencies in recent years have received help from an increasingly prolific network of laboratories designed to respond to biological, chemical and radiological contamination of food as rapidly as possible. This network, called the Federal Emergency Response Network, or FERN, has helped authorities… Continue Reading

FDA Unveils New Tool to Help Industry Craft Food Defense Plans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday released a new tool to help the food industry defend against an act of intentional food contamination. According to FDA, the Food Defense Plan Builder, available online,  is a “comprehensive, easy-to-use software program designed to help owners and operators of food facilities—ranging from primary production and manufacturing… Continue Reading

Live Food Defense Workshop Webinar Available Today

Today at the Washington D.C. Convention Center the Food Safety Summit hosts an “Interactive Food Defense Workshop with Government and Industry Representatives” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Those not able to attend the Food Safety Summit in person can still take part in the session today via remote viewing supported through the FoodSHIELD portal. … Continue Reading

Food Defense Workshop to Feature Government and Industry Representatives

The Food Safety Summit is hosting an Interactive Food Defense Workshop with Government and Industry Representatives as part of the educational program at the Washington D.C. Convention Center from April 17th -19th.   This Tuesday session from 1-5 p.m. will be also be available for remote viewing supported through the FoodSHIELD portal.  Learn more about the… Continue Reading