Editorial Column: CBRN Threats to the Food Chain


The food supply chain can be compromised by different factors, including intentionally. Numerous sources describe that it is particularly vulnerable to attacks with chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) agents, emphasize the ease with which such an attack may take place or underline their potential to create mass casualties. This contribution highlights some findings of my recently published assessment of this threat, which was based on three parameters: type of agents capable of yielding damage; possible points of introduction; and potential consequences of intentional food chain contamination. [1] I concluded that conducting a systematic attack on the food chain with potential to create mass casualties across a wide geographic area is actually much more difficult than generally believed. Nevertheless, the sole suspicion of food being contaminated can cause serious harm.

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