FDA Releases New Food-Related Emergency Exercises

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added two new food-related emergency exercises to its Food Related Emergency Exercise Bundle (FREE-B). The new exercises, “Wat’er You Thinking” and “Foul Fodder,” involve the possible contamination of a local water supply and the apparent tampering of animal feed.

FREE-B is a compilation of scenarios based on both intentional and unintentional food contamination events. The bundle helps public health professionals and other officials understand and coordinate their roles and responsibilities in advance of a food-related emergency. FREE-B is a partnership between FDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The bundle includes eight different scenarios, each of which contain a facilitator’s guide, a lead planner’s guide, and a situation manual.

About Katie Regan

Katie Regan serves as the Communications Specialist for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices through NACCHO's various storytelling and communications channels. Twitter: @katiejregan

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