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Is The U.S. Food Supply Safe From Outside Attack?

Keeping the food supply safe from attack is an utmost priority. However, with no one body in charge of food safety, results are difficult to measure.

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Officials pointed out no terrorist threat has been made to the U.S. food supply in the past decade.

In the days following the September 11, 2001 attacks, President George W. Bush vowed to protect America’s food supply.

Since then, at least $3.4 billion has been spent on food counter-terrorism, but where are the results?

An Associated Press report found that no one agency is in charge, and it’s difficult to measure how safe the food supply may be.

A Senate subcommittee has addressed the issue Tuesday, with officials pointing out no threats have been made to the food supply.

“Everything that has been done to date on food defense in the private sector has all been voluntary. We can’t go out and ask them what they have done, because they’re not obliged to tell us, so we don’t have a good metric to measure what’s been done,” FDA’s health science policy advisor LeeAnne Jackson says.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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