The debate over whether or not to publish a scientific paper that analyzed how a bioterror attack might occur within the food supply has generated a big media to do. However, it seems all of that attention may have been all for nothing.
According to a joint statement from DMI (which manages the national dairy producer checkoff program), NMPF and IDFA the dairy industry has instituted a lot of safeguards to protect the milk supply since 9/11. In fact, those safeguards make the possibility that the events described in the scientific paper could ever happen “highly unlikely.”
The joint statement follows:
Joint statement by the dairy industry (DMI, NMPF and IDFA) in response to the publication of "Analyzing a Bioterror Attack on the Food Supply: The Case of Botulinum Toxin in Milk," by Lawrence Wein and Yifan Liu in the Proceedings of the
Dairy Industry Vigilant in Addressing Food Security
The safety and security of the milk supply is of the utmost importance to
Based on a thorough analysis of possible threats to the milk supply, the dairy industry has worked diligently, without fanfare, to implement a wide range of measures to secure facilities and the milk supply. For example, dairy farmers and processors have implemented new standards for sealing milk tankers; any unauthorized opening of a tanker before its delivery to a processing plant is immediately evident. Processors have also implemented additional pasteurizing safeguards which eliminate the botulism threat that Wein describes.