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Deliberate contamination of the food supply chain

L. Manning (Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UK)
R.N. Baines (Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UK)
S.A. Chadd (Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UK)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 1 April 2005




Aims to highlight how food contamination, whether accidental or deliberate, can have far‐reaching impact on individuals, organisations and the food supply chain.


This paper focuses on the use of agents such as foreign animal disease (FAD). The research included a literature review and evaluation to determine the mechanisms currently in place to counter‐act bioterrorism in the food supply chain with particular emphasis on poultry.


Food terrorism, where the contaminant is a FAD, would cause severe economic disruption by direct costs due to the culling of livestock and the compensation paid to growers. It could also lead to consequential loss to the local or national economy, loss of consumer confidence in the food supply chain and loss of political confidence and support following the mass culling of livestock, with some agents having the ability to impact directly on human health.


This paper analyses the current state of preparedness for food terrorism in the food supply chain and is of relevance to a cross‐section of the industry.



Manning, L., Baines, R.N. and Chadd, S.A. (2005), "Deliberate contamination of the food supply chain", British Food Journal, Vol. 107 No. 4, pp. 225-245.



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