By Josilyn Lutze
Area Extension Agent 

Extension Spotlight

Managing food emergencies


February 8, 2024

A food emergency occurs when there is an adulteration or contamination of food, actual or threatened, that affects or may affect human health and requires immediate attention. There can be several causes of a food emergency; natural, technological/accidental, adversarial/human-caused. Some examples of these include animal disease outbreaks, wildfires, chemical spills, dam failures, cyber-attacks and biological terrorism attacks.

When a food emergency first arises, a lot is going on to figure out the cause. There are investigations to see if the situation is out of the ordinary, where t...

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