Is Our Food Supply Chain Still As Vulnerable As Before 9/11?

John Renison, CEO at Britton & Company
John Renison, CEO at Britton & Company

By John Renison
Enough money has been invested in border security to prevent another terrorist attack. We have seen an increase in human resources, hi-tech equipment and international agreements. Airports have implemented strong security measures and have a government agency that screens 100 percent of passengers with doubtful results.

The question is - how safe is the food we eat?

Is the Food and Drug Administration applying full force in regulating importers?

In 2002 the FDA presented the Bio Terrorism Act and a few changes throughout the importation process which would enhance consumer safety. Each shipment that wishes to be imported into the U.S. must provide the FDA with a Prior Notice which enables consumer safety officers to screen shipments before arriving at a port of entry whether it is land, rail, air or sea. It seems to be it is a great mechanism of pre-arrival entry process but for obvious reasons this cannot eliminate the food supply chain vulnerability.

Much more must be done to counter any potential threats.

The food sector of the United States relies on the FDA and the consumer relies on both for safety and cleanliness in any food product. A multilateral agreement should be put in effect to regulate and have foreign manufacturers comply with U.S. standards and practices. 


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