What is Food Defense?
Food defense is putting measures in place that reduce
the chances of someone intentionally poisoning the
food supply in order to kill or hurt people, disrupt our
economy, or ruin your business. Unfortunately, the
things you do to keep food safe are not always enough to
protect foods from intentional poisoning. This brochure
will help you find out what food defense measures
you need to put in place to protect your customers and
Who Might Poison a Food Product?
As a business owner, you must be alert to a potential
attack against your operation. Anyone is capable of
hurting or disrupting it. An attack can originate
from within or outside your warehouse and distribution
center. An attacker could even pose as one of
Customer or potential customer
Truck driver making deliveries
Salesperson visiting your business
Why Develop a Food Defense Plan?
A Food Defense Plan:
will help you identify steps to keep food in your
facility safe and secure,
will help you respond to and recover from an
will help you provide a safe product to your
customers, maintain a secure working environment
for your employees, and protect your business.
In today’s environment, many customers want their suppliers
to have a Food Defense Plan. To assist owners and operators
of warehouse or distribution facilities, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection
Service (FSIS) has created this brochure to help you develop
a practical Food Defense Plan for your business.
Step 1 – Conduct a Self-Assessment
Take some time to review the food defense measures
below. Check (√) those that you currently have in place in
Food defense measures for
inside your building
The building has working security cameras.
The building has an alarm system that is tested
Visitors and customers are asked to sign in and provide
Visitors, guests, and other non-employees
(e.g., contractors, sa