In Reply to Parent Post by milagr
.................... Am trying to figure out how to address this as we don't have the expertise in finding out if the food is tainted
Spot on. Even countries in this region do not have such facilities and capability. Samples are usually sent to the CDC in US for further test - a process that may take a week or two. I always wonder why people talk about things that even their government can't handle.
However, many just use a paragraph or two of verbiage (in the form of a policy) to satisfy these people.
Biological tampering or terrorism involves the deliberate use of biological agent to spread disease-producing microbes (e.g. anthrax, cholera etc) or toxins (botulinum, ricin etc) in food, water or the atmosphere. These agents can be powders, liquids or in other forms. A biological agent will almost never cause immediate symptoms, as it takes time for the agent to grow or cause toxic effects. Because deliberate contamination of the nation’s food supply can happen anywhere along the food supply stream, food managers & workers play key role in minimizing these potential threats.
Preparedness paves the way to prevention. Develop a good food security system. Eliminate unauthorized access where food is open, vulnerable and easily targeted. Inspect incoming shipments for suspicious items. Report all unusual activity to authorities (unauthorized vehicles, people, theft, sabotage, vandalism etc).
Incidentally, bioterrorism is mentioned as an example
in ISO 22004 - Guidance on the application of ISO 22000, Cl 5.7 Emergency Prepareness and response.