F.D.A., C.D.C., U.S.D.A. introduce food defense kit

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have launched a food defense awareness training kit for first line food industry employees.

The FIRST kit uses five key points based on the acronym: follow company food defense plans and procedures; inspect your work area and surrounding areas; recognize anything out of the ordinary; secure all ingredients, supplies and finished product; and tell management if you notice anything unusual or suspicious. This training focuses on preventing food contamination.

The kit is free to employees and comes with a DVD, training poster and on-screen instructions. It can be obtained by ordering only from the following site: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/fooddefense.

The F.D.A. also has an ALERT training kit to raise awareness of food defense issues and to decrease the risk of food contamination. ALERT stands for assure the supplies and ingredients are from safe and secure sources; look after the security of the products and ingredients; know your employees; provide reports about the security of products; and know whom to notify if there is a threat.

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