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FSIS Issues Food Defense Plan Survey Results for 2014

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has recently completed the 2014 food defense plan survey, which documented a slight increase from 83 percent to 84 percent of establishments with a functional food defense plan.

A food defense plan serves as a control measure that focuses on protecting the food supply from intentional adulteration or contamination. This document instigates preparedness in addressing vulnerable points of personnel and food security required in all types of establishments.

FSIS conducted the survey to various meat and poultry slaughter and processing establishments, processed egg products plants, and official import inspection establishments. Survey results showed that 98 percent of large establishments have adopted food defense plans, small establishments marked 91 percent, and very small establishments marked 77 percent, encapsulating a total of 84 percent this year. FSIS aims to boost smallest establishments’ adoption of food defense plans to reach its goal of 90 percent in 2015.

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About the Author
Randy Renick
Randy Renick has a Bachelor's degree from LSU. He is an STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist and has a 29 year work history in Industrial Lubrication. He is currently a Lubricant Consultant at The Industrial Lubricant Store.

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