INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPING A FOOD DEFENSE PLAN

What Are the Benefits of Developing a Food Defense Plan?

Having a food defense plan can reduce the risk of intentional contamination to production or processing operations and may ultimately benefit their bottom lines.

Food Protection and Security. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-1-78242-251-8.00003-5

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Writing a food defense plan helps employees identify steps that can be taken to reduce the risk that food in a facility can be harmed by intentional contamination. In addition, thinking through the processes used in an operation while developing the food defense plan can help pinpoint inefficiencies and redundancies that are costing operations time and money.

A well-developed response plan also helps family members, employees, and disaster response personnel respond appropriately to a suspected intentional contamination incident. A plan will map out a way to contain the damage and get operations back to normal production levels more quickly. By helping a company avoid a prolonged period of nonproduction, a food defense plan increases a business’s chance of surviving a negative event.

All told, a food defense plan will help companies provide safe, high- quality products to their customers, keep employees safe and well informed, and protect the economic viability of the business.

 
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