Disposal and Decontamination Guidance
In the event that a biological, chemical or radiological agent is used in an attack that affects the safety of meat, poultry or processed egg products, there is a need to ensure the proper disposal of contaminated product and possible additional laboratory testing. If a processing facility is contaminated there is also the need to ensure that the facility has been decontaminated and meets FSIS sanitation requirements before it resumes operation.
- Disposal and Decontamination Guidelines (PDF Only)
- Federal Food and Agriculture Decontamination and Disposal Roles and Responsibilities (PDF Only)
- FSIS Directive 5500.4
- Food Emergency Response Network (FERN)
Recovery from food contamination with threat agents requires specific guidelines for disposal and decontamination to ensure the safety of the food supply and the environment.
- FSIS, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has developed disposal and decontamination guidelines for food products and food processing facilities intentionally contaminated with threat agents.
- FSIS Directive 5500.4, Products Intentionally Adulterated with Threat Agents, has been developed to inform agency field personnel of their roles and responsibilities in the case of an intentional contamination in a food processing facility.
Food Emergency Response Network (FERN)
During recovery, FERN will continue to assist and coordinate analytical activities to restore public confidence in the safety of the food supply. FERN will also provide laboratory support for investigations of and recovery from terrorism-related events affecting the food supply. In addition, FERN will be used to confirm the safety of the food supply using analytical tests.
FSIS recognizes the importance of good communication with the media to ensure informed reporting to more quickly recover from an incident of deliberate contamination. Communications is a standard component in agency exercises and is designed to inform participants of issues surrounding communications with the media and the public during the response and recovery phases of an incident. **For Media Inquiries Contact: the FSIS Congressional and Public Affairs Office at (202) 720-9113.