Here are key links to federal food defense web sites.

» USDA Office of Food Defense & Emergency Response (OFDER)

The Office of Food Defense & Emergency Response (OFDER) manages all homeland security activities within FSIS. This site contains information on the OFDER mission statement, organizational structure, and authorities

Contact Information:

OFDER Main number: (202) 720-5643
OFDER 24-Hour Emergency Number: 1-866-395-9701

» USDA OFDER's Food Defense & Emergency Response

This OFDER supplemental page contains information specific to food defense. The food defense activities include preparation and prevention, surveillance, response, and recovery. There is also information on associated government emergency resources.

» FDA Counterterrorism

This is the FDA's main counterterrorism information page. It contains links to general information, public health initiatives, food security, biological agents, and regulatory actions.

» FDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)'s Food Defense and Terrorism

This is CFSAN's main food defense page. It contains information on their food defense programs, training materials, the ALERT initiative, FDA actions, preventative measures, and consumer guidance.

FDA Contact Information:

To report a non-emergency problem with an FDA-regulated product, see the Consumer Complaint Coordinators listing page.

To report an Emergency with a food, drug, or medical device, call the agency's main emergency number, staffed 24 hours a day:  301-443-1240

» Department of Homeland Security's Centers for Excellence

»National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD)

NCFPD addresses the vulnerability of the nationÕs food system to attack through intentional contamination with biological or chemical agents. Research and education are aimed at reducing the potential for contamination at any point along the food supply chain and mitigating potentially catastrophic public health and economic effects of such attacks.
Lead Institution: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

»National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD)

FAZD addresses the range of threats presented by deliberately (or accidentally) introduced foreign animal and zoonotic diseases. The three main research themes are: Biological Systems; Informatics, Modeling, and Analysis; and Education and Outreach. Lead Institution: Texas A&M University