The United States maintains one of the safest food supplies in the world. However, recent acts of terrorism against our nation have caused concern over the security of our food supply system.

The intentional contamination of food supplies represents a low-technology approach for terrorists to deliver chemical or biological agents, potentially causing physical injury, incapacitation, or death. Moreover, tampering with food can have insidious and far-reaching effects beyond physical injury including mass panic and economic hardship. Bio-terrorism, criminal tampering, intentional adulteration, and even hoaxes may be viewed as a direct attack on one of the staples of American society.

Richter International has been heavily involved in the arena of food security and food anti-terrorism initiatives prior to, and since the events of 9/11. Leveraging our relationship with the Battelle Memorial Institute, Richter International has participated in food security programs for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Air Force (USAF), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and commercial clients. Activities include:

  • Vulnerability assessments
  • Development of threat mitigation plans
  • Development and/or validation of analysis methods for threat agents in food matrices

Richter International - Battelle Food Defense

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Food Defense in the News:
Officials: Better prepared for ricin scare - news report on recent Ricin attacks
Testing for Rapid Detection of Adulteration of Food - FDA Report to Congress
October 2003
Risk Assessment for Food Terrorism and Other Food Safety Concerns - CFSAN
October 2003
FDA Introduces New Technology to Improve Food Security
October 2003
HHS Issues New Rules to Enhance Security of the U.S. Food Supply
October 2003
Ensuring the Safety and Security of the Nation's Food Supply - US FDA
July 2003
Progress Report to Secretary Tommy G. Thompson: Ensuring the Safety and Security of the Nation's Food Supply - US FDA CFSAN
July 2003
FSIS Safety and Security Guidelines for the Transportation and Distribution of Meat, Poultry and Egg Products - USDA FSIS
May 2003
Food Producers, Processors, and Transporters: Food Security Preventive Measures Guidance - US FDA
March 2003
Addressing the Risk of Bioterrorism in Food Production - Food Technology
February 2003
Terrorist Threats to Food - Guidelines for Establishing and Strengthening Prevention and Response Systems - WHO
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