The application of policies, procedures, and technology to protect supply chain assets (product, facilities, equipment, information, and personnel) from theft, damage, or terrorism and to prevent the introduction of unauthorized contraband, people, or weapons of mass destruction.
The food chain is an easy vulnerable target and a terrorist attack could have devastating consequences wrecking havoc on both developed and undeveloped nations affecting an enormous amount of people while impacting various economies that are all ready at risk of collapse. Governments take this threat seriously but when it comes to protection, difficulties arise from the sheer complexity of our food systems and the variety of ways in which it is produced and distributed. Governments and companies need to do more to ensure our food supply is safe and secure, it is necessary for all stakeholders to work together to reinforce the security management in different sections of the food supply. New technologies have emerged to help improving tracking and traceability, to ensure consumers are protected in case tampering or bio-threat. Full food traceability is required for all producers to ensure unsafe food is removed or withdrawn from the food supply along with providing effective and accurate communication of potential threats to consumer.