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What is Food Terrorism

Handbook of Research on Military, Aeronautical, and Maritime Logistics and Operations
An act or threat of deliberate contamination of food for human consumption with chemical, physical or microbiological agents for the purpose of causing injury or death to civilian populations and/or disrupting social, economic or political stability.
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Intentional Food Contamination in the Food Supply Chain: Proposal of a Management System for its Prevention
Ramón Navarrete Reynoso (Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico), Cecilia Ramos-Estrada (Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico), and Omar J. Purata (Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9779-9.ch004
As globalization increases, supply chains are becoming increasingly complex and vulnerable, making the management of their security an important part of corporate management. The need to adopt control and prevention measures that allow for guaranteeing security in international commercial operations is essential to prevent becoming a target of these threats. Some of these threats are terrorism, piracy and theft. Within the food industry, food terrorism has gained relevance due to the extreme consequences it may have on both public health and the market. Food terrorism refers to the intentional contamination of food in any link of the supply chain, which covers everything from production to consumption. This chapter deals with the problems of food terrorism and makes a proposal that allows to establish a management system to prevent intentional food contamination in the supply chain through managing risks and improving security in the supply chain on this aspect.
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