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Food Protection Home > Food Defense > Prevention Prevention

Food Defense, formerly known as food security, is the means of preventing or eliminating the deliberate contamination of food by biological agents, toxins, chemicals, radiation, or a physical object by individuals or groups.  Prevention is the most important aspect of food defense.     

If you serve food to the public, follow these basic preventive steps to protect your establishment, your employees and your customers.

Prevent Food Tampering

  • Monitor your buffet, food prep, and food delivery areas with security cameras
  • Conduct staff meetings before each shift
  • Train staff to detect and report signs of food tampering
  • Ensure employees wear ID badges, uniforms, or both
  • Ensure employees store personal items in lockers or away from any food areas
  • Store chemicals and cleaning products safety and properly
  • Perform criminal background checks before hiring new employees
  • Have a food defense plan in place
  • Know who to contact if you have a suspicion or issues related to food defense

What's New?

"If You See Something, Say Something" Flyer

Recognition & Verification of Food Safety Inspection Officers

Indiana Food Defense Resources

Food Defense Fact Sheet for Food Industry

Food Defense Fact Sheet for Regulators

A Guide to Developing a Food Defense Plan for Food Establishments (2011)

Indiana Food Safety & Defense Task Force

Food Industry Guidance on Food Defense

Department of Homeland Security’s Role in Food Defense and Critical Infrastructure Protection (2007)

Developing a Food Defense Plan for Meat and Poultry Processing Plants (USDA, 2008)

Emergency Handbook for Food Service Managers

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Waste Management for Homeland Security Incidents

FEMA Comprehensive Preparedness Guide, CPG 101

FDA 101: Product Recalls - From First Alert to Effectiveness Checks

FDA- "Floods, Hurricanes, & Power Outages Food Safety Information Guidance for Industry and Consumers"

FDA Food Security Guidance for Industry (with self assessment tool)

Federal Food and Agriculture Decontamination and Disposal Roles and Responsibilities (2005)

FIRST / ALERT

FDA Food Protection Plan (2007)

USDA FSIS Model Food Security Plans for Import Establishments

Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response (2009)

Guidelines for the Disposal of Intentionally Adulterated Food Products and the Decontamination of Food Facilities (2006)

USDA FSIS Industry Self-Assessment Checklist for Food Security

Food & Agriculture Sector Protective Programs, Resiliency Strategies, & Tools

CARVER + Shock

Food and Agriculture Sector - Criticality Assessment Tool (FAS-CAT)

Food Emergency Response Network

Food-Related Emergency Exercise Boxed Set

Facts about Pork Safety & H1N1

Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks

Lessons Learned Information Sharing

Food Safety & Security:  Operational Risk Managment Systems Approach

Strategic Partnership Program Agroterrorism Initiative

Target Capabilities List: Food and Agriculture Safety and Defense; Animal Disease and Emergency Support