Food Security Defense
WSDA works with the industry, local county health districts, the state Department of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration to protect the safety of the food supply.
WSDA works to prevent the consumption of contaminated food products, which maintains public confidence in the food supply and protects the integrity of our domestic and foreign markets.
Food Defense Requirements
The Bioterrorism Act of 2002 requires anyone who manufactures, processes, packs, distributes, receives, or holds food for consumption in the U.S., to:
- Register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by Dec. 12, 2003.
- Create and maintain records that FDA determines are necessary to identify where the food came from and where it was distributed.
Report Suspicious Behavior
Consumers, operators and employees of food retail, distribution, storage, and processing facilities are the first line of defense against suspicious activities.
If you observe suspicious activities or it appears that someone has tampered with products, contact:
- Local Law Enforcement
- Local State Patrol office
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 24-hour emergency line (301) 443-1240.