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Vulnerability Assessments

FSIS conducts vulnerability assessments to better prevent and protect against an intentional attack on its regulated products. Based on the assessments, FSIS develops countermeasures to protect the food supply as directed by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-9 (HSPD-9). Additionally, these assessments help to identify research gaps and strengthen communication and collaboration between government and industry partners.

From these assessments, certain activity types (e.g., bulk liquid receiving and loading; liquid storage and handling; secondary ingredient handling; and mixing and similar activities) and characteristics (e.g., short shelf-life, large batch size, uniform mixing, accessibility to the product) were identified that present unique vulnerability to intentional contamination. These activity types and characteristics may occur at multiple process and distribution steps within the supply chain.

Vulnerability assessments also help to identify food defense countermeasures and mitigation strategies aimed at preventing or reducing the impact of an intentional attack on the food supply. Mitigation strategies are risk-based, reasonably appropriate measures that a person knowledgeable about food defense would employ to significantly minimize or prevent significant vulnerabilities identified at actionable process steps, and that are consistent with the current scientific understanding of food defense at the time of the analysis. Mitigation strategies can apply to multiple commodities or facility types, or they can be customized for a specific commodity or facility. Once vulnerabilities and corresponding mitigation strategies have been identified, they can be used to develop a food defense plan.

Preparedness Tools and Resources

The Food Defense Risk Mitigation Tool identifies some possible countermeasures that companies could implement, as part of a food defense plan, to better protect their business, employees, and customers. Some of the countermeasures are specific to particular assets or activities (nodes); others apply more generally to the facility as a whole. The countermeasures listed in this tool are neither mandatory nor exhaustive. Not all of the identified strategies will be applicable, practical, or effective for all types and sizes of slaughter and processing establishments. Additional strategies not included here may also be useful. The user should implement countermeasures appropriate to the specific circumstances of their establishment and operations.

Food Defense Plan Builder. The 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. This user-friendly tool harnesses existing FDA tools, guidance, and resources for food defense into one single application.

 

 

Last Modified Jul 21, 2016