that ship meat, poultry and eggs should tighten security in places
where terrorists would be likely to tamper with food, according
to new voluntary guidelines by the U.S. Agriculture Department.
guidelines will further enhance the safety and security of meat,
poultry and egg products throughout the food distribution chain,"
said Garry L. McKee, administrator of the department's Food Safety
and Inspection Service.
are asked to check for vulnerable spots in the shipping chain where
terrorists could poison food with harmful bacteria or chemicals.
Companies should provide workers with additional training and increased
oversight of trucks, ships and airplanes carrying food, department
noted that terrorists are most likely to sabotage hamburger, chicken
or other meat and poultry products as they are loaded and unloaded
from freight trains or trucks. Those are moments when workers should
closely monitor the shipments, the department said.
department also recommended:
and other workers should be trained to deal with intentional and
unintentional contamination of the food they are hauling.
who are hauling meat products should routinely check their loads
to ensure they haven't been tainted and that the food is kept at
the proper temperature.
should make sure the company shipping their product has a security
program to protect the food.
also should check the seals on the doors of boats, planes and trucks
carrying meat, poultry and eggs, to ensure that no one has broken
FDA rules are slated to go into effect by December.