- Author: Chris M. Webb
Our food systems can be vulnerable to attacks. Pathogens, chemicals and biological contaminates, and other hazards can affect the safety of foods we eat. These dangers can be caused by natural disasters, or may be caused by intentional contamination. Alliances among traditional first responder’s, the agricultural industry, and communities can help mitigate acts of agroterrorism.
The UC Davis Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS) in has a collection of training courses for local frontline response teams designed to strengthen their capability to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from agroterrorism or other major disasters in the food systems in their communities. Trainings cover intentional contamination and those caused by natural disasters. As with other disaster training, early and effective coordination in response can greatly improve outcomes.
- Understanding the Dangers of Agroterrorism
- Principles of Preparedness for Agroterrorism and Food Systems’ Disasters
- Principles of Detection and Diagnosis – Strategies and Technologies
- Principles of National Incident Management System (NIMS), Team Building and Risk Communication
- Principles of Frontline Response to Agroterrorism and Food Systems’ Disasters
- Principles of Planning and Implementing Recovery
To learn more about the training program, please contact David Goldenberg by email or by phone at 530.752.3247.