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at the Homeland Security Department’s
The DHS Center of Excellence at the
The center has set up information-sharing arrangements with a number of major food manufacturers and processors to track specific shipments of food. That data is fed into the consequence management computer model to predict, track and react to contamination incidents, and to identify the origin of the contamination.
“We have a lot of close collaboration with industry,” Frank Busta, senior science adviser at the center, said in the release. “They’ve volunteered their information and assistance to both protect the public and avoid the economic consequences of an outbreak.”
Also in development is the Food and Agriculture Sector Criticality Assessment Tool, now in the design and testing phase. The tool identifies the critical elements and vulnerabilities of the food and agriculture supply chain. It was developed in partnership with the
The assessment tool has been distributed to more than 30 state agencies for field testing, the news release said.
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