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Guidance Materials

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To order printed copies of the guidance materials and publications listed below, call the Small Plant Help Desk at 1-877-FSISHELP (1-877-374-7435) or send an email to InfoSource@fsis.usda.gov. Items marked with an asterisk ( *) are only available online, and not in print.

CONSUMERS

See our Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheets page for publications that address biosecurity issues and explain how to keep food safe in an emergency.


INDUSTRY 

Information for In-Commerce Firms (PDF Only)
This brochure provides resources and information on food safety and food defense.

Avian Influenza Training*
Provides the in-plant inspection team with the information and resources needed to recognize clinical signs and gross lesions that could suggest Avian Influenza.

Food Defense Awareness Training (www.fda.gov)
FDA, USDA and CDC have released a training kit for first-line employees in the food and agriculture industry about the risk of intentional food contamination and the actions they can take to identify and reduce risks.

CARVER+Shock Primer* (PDF Only)
The CARVER plus Shock method tool can be used to assess the vulnerabilities within a system or infrastructure to an intentional attack. By doing this assessment, you can determine the most vulnerable points in your system and focus your resources on enhancing food protection at those points.

General Food Defense Plan (Feb 10, 2014; PDF Only)
Security measures for Food Defense. This voluntary plan documents your measures to protect food and food production processes from intentional harm. Review of this plan and signing the cover sheet will result in a Food Defense Plan for your FSIS-regulated establishment.

Guide to Food Defense in Slaughter and Processing Facilities-Brochure | Korean PDF
This brochure provides an easy, practical, and achievable three-step method for creating a food defense plan at slaughter and processing facilities.

Developing a Food Defense Plan for Meat and Poultry Slaughter and Processing Plants (Jun 2008; PDF Only) | En Español PDF * | Chinese PDF | Korean PDF
  By completing pages 13 -16 of this guide, you will have a plan specific for your operation.

Guide To Developing A Food Defense Plan For Warehouse and Distribution Centers (Jan 2008; PDF Only) | En Español PDF | Chinese (DOC)
To help owners and operators of warehouse and distribution centers, FSIS has created a new guide and brochure providing key information and assistance in developing a cost-effective Food Defense Plan for your facility. Complete page 11 of the guide and you will have your plan.

Food Defense Guidelines for the Transportation and Distribution of Meat, Poultry and Processed Egg Products (PDF Only) | Korean PDF 
Provides recommendations to ensure the security of food products through all phases of the distribution process.

Food Defense Guidelines for Slaughter and Processing Establishments | PDF | En Español PDF | Chinese PDF * | Vietnamese PDF * | Korean PDF *
Guidelines to assist federal and state inspected plants that slaughter and process meat, poultry, and egg products in identifying ways to strengthen their food protection.

Elements of a Functional Food Defense Plan * (PDF Only) | Korean PDF
Guidelines for completing the food defense plan profile extension questions.

Flooding: A Checklist for Small and Very Small Plants | PDF
An FSIS checklist that will help small and very small meat, poultry, and egg processing plants identify preparation, response, and recovery activities for their facilities, employees, and affected or contaminated products during a flooding event.

Food Defense Plan Assessment Questions *
FSIS inspectors use these questions to assess the status of an establishment's voluntary adoption of a functional food defense plan.

Food Defense Plan Builder (FDA)
FDA's Food Defense Plan Builder is a user-friendly software program designed to assist owners and operators of food facilities with developing personalized food defense plans for their facilities.

Food Defense and Recall Preparedness: A Scenario-Based Exercise Tool (ZIP) 
This scenario-based tool was developed for regulated establishments to use on their own to increase their readiness to respond to an intentional contamination incident. The ZIP file includes PDF and PPT files.

Food Defense Risk Mitigation Tool
This online tool is part of an ongoing effort by FSIS to help protect the nation's supply of meat, poultry, and egg products from intentional contamination.

Guide for Security Practices in Transporting Agricultural and Food Commodities* (Oct 2004; PDF Only)
This guide is the result of a voluntary cooperative effort of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference (AFTC) of the American Trucking Associations (ATA). It provides voluntary guidance for enhanced security practices within your industry.

Guidelines for the Disposal of Intentionally Adulterated Food Products and the Decontamination of Food Processing Facilities* (Apr 14, 2006; PDF Only)
Serves as a resource guide for USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) field personnel located in District Offices and at food processing facilities.

Keep America's Food Safe | PDF | En Español PDF
Guidance to assist transporters, warehouses, distributors, retailers and restaurants with enhancing their security programs to further protect the food supply from contamination due to criminal or terrorist acts.

OSHA Fact Sheet: Influenza in Workers and Pigs: Guidance for Commercial Swine Farmers and Pork Producers*
This Fact Sheet provides worker health and safety guidance to employers who operate swine farms and pork production facilities where workers are in close contact with pigs.

OSHA Quick Card: Protecting Swine Production Workers from Influenza
This QuickCard™ is a small, card that can be printed out and laminated to provide employees brief, plain language safety and health information on how they can protect themselves from Influenza.

Water Emergency Response Tool for Food Processors (www.eden.lsu.edu)
This tool (PDF Only), developed by Penn State Cooperative Extension, consists of a set of questions that can help food processors, food manufacturers, and other large-volume water users to be better prepared for water shortage or water contamination emergency.


STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES

Criminal Investigation Handbook for Agroterrorism (July 2008; PDF Only; 1.4mb)
This handbook is intended for law enforcement and food/agriculture regulatory agencies' investigative personnel to facilitate communication and coordination in the event of a potential or actual agroterrorism incident.

Food Emergency Response Plan Template (Aug 2011; PDF Only)
The template is designed to assist states with developing a food emergency response plan. It utilizes National Incident Management System principles.

Last Modified Sep 04, 2014