Authorities ponder risk of terrorist attack on food production

03/20/2014 | National Public Radio

U.S. authorities worry that America's food supply remains vulnerable to a possible attack by terrorist groups. The FDA has proposed rules to address vulnerable areas in manufacturing and processing, but the chain of risk goes all the way back to the farm. The most devastating economic losses could result from the deliberate introduction of a pathogen such as foot-and-mouth disease into livestock herds. The Department of Homeland Security estimated damages would top $50 billion if terrorists targeted Great Plains livestock with such a disease.

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