and Drug Administration has issued new food security guidelines
to help in protecting the nation's food supply against bioterrorism
threats. The new guidelines could affect the way truckdrivers
pick up food-related freight.
The FDA began
working on the guidelines after September 11 when Defense Department
analysts said the nation's food supply was vulnerable to attack.
There are two sets of guidelines, one for imported foods and one
for domestic sources. The guidelines include: securing windows
and doors to warehouses, more patrols and surveillance and better
security rules for trucks and other means of transport. The rules
also would cover regular inspections of employee lockers, bags
guidelines ask for background checks on employees, unusual behavior
by employees and restricting access to laboratories.
In the meantime,
Congress is working on anti-bioterrorism legislation that will
allow the FDA and other agencies to increase inspections of food
imported to the United States, require better recordkeeping on
food shipments and container loads.
response to the new guidelines has been favorable. The voluntary
guidelines are being issued before a public comment period begins.
Guideline details can be found at www.cfsan.fda.gov. Submit written or e-mail comments by Mar.
11 to John Kvenberg, Office of Field Programs (HFS-600), CFSAN,
Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park,
MD 20740, 202-205-4187, e-mail: email@example.com.