Food Defense Preparedness and Recall Exercise Package (FD-PREP)
The Food Defense Preparedness and Recall Exercise Package (FD-PREP) is a compilation of scenarios based on potential intentional food contamination events. FD-PREP is designed to help establishments test and validate their food defense and recall plans. Each scenario takes approximately one hour to complete and addresses a unique incident type that will be applicable to all establishments, regardless of the commodity they produce. The scenarios describe fictitious events, with information “injects” provided as the incidents unfold. Participants discuss the incidents as they occur during the exercise, sharing relevant experiences based on discussion questions included with the injects.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) developed FD-PREP in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The primary objectives of FD-PREP are to:
- Increase FSIS-regulated establishments’ awareness of the importance of protecting the food supply from intentional adulteration incidents and to increase their readiness to respond effectively.
- Ensure that food defense and recall preparedness practices and mitigation activities are effective, documented, and understood.
- Ensure that a Food Defense Plan (FDP) is functional, and emphasize the importance of having a FDP where one is not already developed.
- Test and maintain effective recall procedures
Scenarios and Supporting Documents
FD-PREP is a set of four scenarios and supporting documents, such as an Exercise Guide and After Action Report template, to assist establishments in conducting and evaluating the exercise, and documenting their observations and improvement plans. The four scenarios are as follows.
Settling The Score (PPTM): A recently terminated employee adulterates an establishment’s product.
Smooth Operator (PPTM): An establishment’s reputation is at risk after an activist group disseminates a malicious video.
Virtual Outrage (PPTM): An establishment’s systems are locked down by ransomware.
Road Rage (PPTM): An establishment faces losses after theft of product and suspected contamination by an imposter transport contractor.
FD-PREP is available in two formats, online or as downloadable files.
Download Standard Supporting Materials
Supporting materials include an Exercise Guide, After Action Report Template, and other resources to help you to conduct and evaluate the exercise, document your observations and improvement plans, and access useful information related to food defense and recall preparedness.
Download HSEEP Supporting Materials
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)-compatible guidance and exercises may qualify for Federal or State grant funding. FD-PREP’s HSEEP-compatible exercise documents will ensure conformance with established guidance in exercise program management, design, evaluation, and improved planning. Please download this document package if you are a local government or industry association conducting an exercise for multiple establishments.
- Resource Guide
- Situation Manual
- Controller Facilitator Handbook
- After-Action Report Template