Food Services: Food Safety
03/24/2008 - The European Union has a number of initiatives underway that it hopes are the right ingredients for securing the food supply.Sidebar: China Syndrome
Daily Headline : Food Safety
03/14/2008 - Congressional Democrats find that the FDA failed to meet its own standards for inspection of facilities that process leafy greens, and when it did find violations, the agency took no "meaningful" enforcement action.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
12/04/2007 - Estate of Michael Harris v. Papa John's Pizza and P. J. Iowa, LC, Supreme Court of Iowa, No. 43/01-0201, 2004
Beyond Print: Investigations
11/28/2007 - Is the federal testing program sufficient?
Intelligence: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
11/06/2007 - As in many sectors of the U.S. critical infrastructure, agriculture has made great strides in security since 9-11. A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) documents some of these achievements, such as ongoing vulnerability analyses conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration to determine which agriculture products are most vulnerable to terrorist attacks. But efforts elsewhere are lagging. For instance, many U.S. veterinarians lack training to identify signs of foreign animal diseases, and the USDA does not use “rapid diagnostic tools” to test animals at the site of a disease outbreak. Also, while imports have increased, agricultural inspections at ports of entry have decreased over the last two years. In addition, states aren’t receiving enough technical federal assistance in developing emergency plans to prepare them to deal with terrorism, the GAO auditors write. The auditors recommend 11 courses of action to improve the U.S. preparedness for agroterrorism. For instance, they call for expediting a USDA draft rule that would require veterinarians to be trained to recognize foreign animal diseases. SM Online has the full report.
Intelligence: Food Safety
11/02/2007 - Is the lack of centralized data on some food safety issues a looming problem?
Food Services: Physical Security
11/01/2007 - How one company built in security features when its headquarters was redesigned.
Beyond Print: Legal Issues
11/01/2007 - The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that a restaurant is liable for the sexual harassment of a cocktail waitress.
Homeland Security: ID issues \ Identity Theft
10/29/2007 - A private-sector database could serve as a repository for a U.S. Animal ID system.
Daily Headline : Food Safety
10/02/2007 - Government and food industry officials are suggesting that better-targeted inspections, rather than an increased number of inspections, could be the key to food import safety.
Beyond Print: Planning
09/27/2007 - A wide range of intentional and accidental threats must be countered to protect the U.S. food supply; learn more from this Institute of Medicine of the National Academies report.
Case Study: Surveillance
09/24/2007 - A 1950’s-style diner goes modern when it comes to CCTV technology.
Food Services: Surveillance
09/24/2007 - Surveillance and access controls are among the measures being taken to prevent terrorists, disgruntled employees, and others with ill intent from contaminating food in processing plants.