Dairy Farmers of America implement biosecurity program
| 12.29.2005 | 07:08:59 | Views: 2918 | ID:
December 29 '06: A new voluntary program sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of America is designed to increase the level of security on the nation's farms a press release announced. mySecurity, as the program is called was created to allow members of the DFA to protect their families and food supply as well provide information, tools and emergency planning guidelines.
Jim Carroll, the vice president of quality assurance and regulatory issues for the DFA said, "We hope to see full participation in the mySecurity program ... Our customers, and our customers' customers, are vitally aware that a continuum of security from the farm to the supermarket is critical to keep our food supply safe."The program will be rolled-out in two phases: "During phase I, each participant receives a free mySecurity tool kit containing an all-weather 'Restricted Access' sign printed in Spanish and English, and a 'DFA Guide to Farm Biosecurity' bilingual wall chart. The kit also contains an emergency contact form, farm security guidelines and fact sheets." Phase II will include "a mySecurity Web site where participating DFA members can enter information about their farm and create a security plan tailored to their farm," the press release read. The mySecurity program is currently registered with the federally mandated Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 "and DFA has revised all Emergency Action Plan procedures for DFA to aid personnel in case of an emergency." "DFA also has established Emergency Preparedness Teams at DFA locations; trained DFA managers to access emergency plans from any location; and held crisis communication management spokesperson training sessions," the press release read.
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