Food safetyTerrorist may use food poisoning as weapon

Published 9 June 2011

Food and drink sold in Britain — in stores, at restaurants — are under an increasing threat from terrorist groups which might try to poison supplies, thus wreaking havoc and sowing fear, a government security advisers have warned

Food manufacturers, processors, and retailers have been advised that their sector is vulnerable to attacks by ideologically and politically motivated groups that may seek to cause widespread casualties and disruption by poisoning food supplies. The Telegraph reports that the warning from the Center for the Protection of National Infrastructure [CPNI], which is part of the U.K. Security Service, comes as experts warned the deadly E.coli outbreak in Germany has highlighted the vulnerability of the food chain and how quickly bacteria can spread.