alexa Recent Advances in the Prevention of Bioterrorism Attacks

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Recent Advances in the Prevention of Bioterrorism Attacks

Since the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and other locations in the United States, a primary concern for the global community has been to heighten homeland security and thereby prevent terrorist attacks. Additional attacks following the tragedy in 2001 across the world included mailed envelopes containing viable Bacillus anthracis or Anthrax spores that caused 5 deaths in the US.


As a countermeasure to bioterrorism attacks, the US implemented the “Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act” in 2002. This was recently strengthened by the passing of the “Food Safety Modernization Act” of 2010.


Both laws are intended to provide resources to oversight agencies for tighter regulation and control of food entering and being distributed in the US. It raises the question to what degree a nation can prepare for a potential bioterrorism attack on the food supply.


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