Training and Continuing Education

Food Security Training

Application Description:

This course offers an introduction to food security for state and local sanitarians, USDA FSIS field inspectors, and HHS FDA field inspectors. With the current threat of terrorism against the US, it is critical that the food industry – from growers to retail – be aware of the threat and of the guidance materials available from regulatory agencies to help address food security concerns. Food Security and training experts from FDA and USDA wrote and approved the course.

Course Description:

Federal, state, and local officials should know how to identify potential risks to food security in food industry establishments. They should also be able to encourage food security awareness in the employees and management of food industry establishments. After completing this course, students will have an increased awareness of the threat of intentional contamination of the US food supply. Specific portions of the food industry will learn about their unique responsibilities in reducing the risk of intentional contamination of the food supply. This course will focus on prevention of, rather than reaction to, intentional contamination.


The primary audience for this training consists of:

  • state and local sanitarians
  • USDA FSIS field inspectors
  • FDA field investigators

Course Level:



Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review past noteworthy unintentional foodborne outbreak cases
  • Review past noteworthy intentional foodborne outbreak cases
  • Identify the different effects on the population that may be generated by an act of food terrorism
  • Describe the factors which are consistently associated with foods at a higher risk for terrorism
  • Describe the factors which are consistently associated with agents normally associated with contamination events
  • Describe the distinct characteristics and motivations of Aggressors
  • Identify different preventive measures that may be useful in minimizing the risk of all forms of aggressor tactics
  • Describe the different types of actions taken by the Federal Government including directives, networks, and assessments
  • Describe the roles of regulators in reducing the risk of an attack while interacting with industry
  • Describe the roles of administrators in reducing the risk of an attack while interacting with industry
  • Identify the proper channels to report suspicious activity or an actual event of food terrorism

Course Duration: 1 hour (Independent Study)

Prerequisite: N/A

Contact Hours: 1

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