Food Defense 
US Navy Saliors move fresh fruits and vegetables onto ship in Greece 

Food Defense works to prevent the intentional contamination of food, bottled water, and ice from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) or physical agents. It takes an integrated and coordinated effort between such agencies as intelligence, antiterrorism/force protection, police, public health, and food establishment personnel to evaluate and address personnel, physical, and operational security vulnerabilities.

Installation Food Vulnerability Assessments (IFVA): This program is an integral component part of the overall food defense program which is part of the installation commanders overall AT (Antiterrorism) program. The IFVA program includes the planning, integration, exercising, countermeasures, incident response, consequence management, risk management, risk communication, training, and documenting/archiving.

The IFVA program encompasses all food related activities on post (receipt, storage, preparation, and distribution) to include water in piped systems within the food establishment.

The IFVA incorporates and is linked to the Force Protection Condition (FPCON) program. Recommendations for elimination or control of identified vulnerabilities are coordinated with the FPCON program. The results for the IFVA are used to develop the food vulnerability annex to the installation emergency response plan (ERP).

References and USAPHC documents for Food Defense external link (password protected, AKO)

Questions regarding Food Defense may be directed to U.S. Army Public Health Command (USAPHC), Army Institute of Public Health (AIPH), Food Protection Program, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. 

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