May 1, 2005
The U. S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services will hold a new food security awareness training program.
The objective of the program, which applies to food products regulated by both USDA and the Food and Drug Administration, is to raise awareness and increase preparedness among individuals who are charged with defending the nation’s food supply from attack.
Face-to-face security awareness training sessions will be held in 12 cities across the country between March and September 2005. Registration for the training sessions is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition to the face-to-face training courses, the program will offer the option of an online course based on FDA’s website and a CD-ROM course for limited distribution.
The training will provide general information about the roles of various agencies in protecting the food supply from intentional contamination, vulnerability awareness, and cooperation of government personnel and other involved parties at the federal, state and local level. In addition to federal, state, and local regulators and school food authorities, representatives from the food industry and emergency responders—such as law enforcement, public health, and homeland security officials—are encouraged to participate. All participants who complete the course will receive Contact Hour Certificates.
Learn more about the online course or the face-to-face courses.