Milk a Terrorism Threat?

As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed an “intentional adulteration rule” which requires that domestic and foreign food facilities address risks of contamination that could occur by intentional acts of terrorism.

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has asked the FDA that dairy farms be exempted from the intentional adulteration rule, arguing that because pasteurized milk goes through so many processing steps it would be a poor choice for intentional adulteration.

“In considering whether activities that occur on dairy farms represent a high risk for intentional adulteration, FDA concluded fluid milk storage and loading in a dairy farm operation pose a significant vulnerability,” wrote Beth Briczinski, the Vice President of Dairy Foods and Nutrition at the NMPF. “However, for a number of reasons, we disagree with the premise that on-farm milk destined for pasteurization is a high-risk food and, therefore, we maintain that activities on dairy farms should not be addressed through this rule.”

“Raw milk that is produced for direct human consumption and not destined for pasteurization should not be exempted,” NMPF noted.

NMPF also submitted comments to the FDA in conjunction with the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) arguing that food defense and food safety should be regulated differently. The deadline for the FDA to issue its final ruling in response to these comments is May 31, 2016.

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