Food Defense prevention and preparedness requires collaboration and coordination among multiple stakeholders, including government, academia, and the private sector to protect public health and the food supply. Many of the familiar stakeholders involved in food safety incidents will be required in a food defense incident, such as USDA or FDA. But because intentional adulteration is a crime or an act of terror, additional groups will need to be engaged, such as the FBI. It is important for food defense professionals to understand their roles, and their relationship to other groups in an effort to support a coordinated approach to protect the food system.
The purpose of this panel session is to bring together various food defense professionals--USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Food Protection and Defense Institute--to provide a threat brief, discuss current initiatives, and explain roles and responsibilities.