Food Safety

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: July 31, 2018
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​Frequently asked questions related to the subject of Food Safety.

Q: What is the difference between Food Quality, Food Safety, Food Defense, and Food Protection?

A: Food Quality focuses on food, water, and ice's (subsistence) measurable characteristics that consumers value. Measurable characteristics consist of items such as shape, size, flavor, texture, marbling, etc. Food Safety focuses on accidental or unintentional contamination or adulteration of food, water, and ice (subsistence) by chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN), or physical agents. Food Defense focuses on intentional contamination or adulteration of food, water, and ice (subsistence) by chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN), or physical agents with the intent to cause harm and includes evaluating personnel, physical, and operational security vulnerabilities. Food Protection encompasses Food Quality, Food Safety, and Food Defense.