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Food Safety / Bioterrorism

Americans are concerned about the safety of their food supply. Although our food supply is safer than any time in history, it still results in an estimated 46 million cases of foodborne illness and 3,000 deaths per year. Understanding of how to prevent both accidental and deliberate contamination of our food supply is paramount. 

Food Safety deals with the accidental contamination of our food supply. 

Bioterrorism or Food defense deals with the defense of our food supply from intentional contamination versus food safety that deals with accidental contamination of food. Biosecurity deals with defense of our food from biological threats and bioterrorism deals with the use of food as a weapon such as use of infectious diseases to infect cattle to ruin the beef industry.