Bioterrorism Is The Looming Fear

An interview with Tim Egan, Director of U.S. warehousing at McCain Foods, Lisle, IL.


So what is the answer?
Egan: The safest route is for all of us as Americans to be more aware and to report any and all suspicious activities. We have to be good neighbors and good citizens and keep track of what’s going on around us. We need to use common sense. If there’s a tanker truck in a corn field, we have to question what it’s doing there and report it. We can throw billions of dollars at the problem, but I don’t know that we’ll be any safer. What I do know is that we’ll be a lot poorer.

From a shipper’s standpoint, what can be done?
Egan: We need to break down the walls between shippers, carriers, suppliers, retailers and the government and work together to have meaningful dialogue. There are real-world concerns about when our chain of responsibility for a product ends, but we can’t hide behind the legal veil of who’s responsible any more. Although we’re all playing on different teams, we’re all still playing the same game and in the end we will all have to benefit from good, common-sense policies.

Will you bring the same focus on bioterrorism to your new job at McCain Foods?
Egan: Most definitely. That has not changed.

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