FDA, DHS release food emergency response plan

Published 3 March 2006

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in cooperation with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and DHS, has announced the availability of a model Food Emergency Response Plan Template. The goal of the response plan is to enhance the protection of the nation’s agricultural industry and food security through prevention, detection, response, and recovery.

The template provides states with a guide to develop either a stand-alone emergency response plan for responding to a food-related emergency or an addendum to an existing all-hazard state emergency response plan. Useful planning tools include documents previously developed in cooperation with the DHS — national planning scenarios, target capabilities, and uniform task lists.

-read details at FDA Web site