FDA announces new food security assessment tool
| 06.20.2007 | 10:24:10 | Views: 2875 | ID:
June 20 '07: The FDA has announced a new web-based technology designed to help assess food supply safety. The technology, and acronym spelling CARVER was originally designed by the military "to identify areas that may be vulnerable to an attacker," the press release announced.
CARVER + Shock, "stands for six attributes that are used to evaluate targets for an attack" the website read. The attributes: criticality, accessibility, recuperability, vulnerability, effect and recognizability were grouped together to give a contextual evaluation for a seventh "attribute" - shock. For instance, the psychological shock of a bioterror attack on the food supply.On its website, CARVER+Shock provides information, links, legislation and guidance on topics ranging from training and materials for federal, state, local and private sector officials to medical response and guidelines for food safety. The goal is to help "the user to think like an attack to identify the most attractive targets for an attack." Testimonials are also available on the website given by those who have used the technology.
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