Do food and beverage employers need to address any specific concerns with respect to workplace security?

Author: Marta Moakley, XpertHR Legal Editor

Yes. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has placed an emphasis on counterterrorism programs that address possible attacks on the US food supply. The Bioterrorism Act of 2002 set specific registration, prior notice and recordkeeping compliance obligations on food and beverage employers (including those businesses involved in manufacturing, processing, distribution and storage).

Food and beverage employers may use available federal and state agency counterterrorism resources in developing their food defense programs. Employers may also wish to consult local universities, trade associations or industry experts when developing their internal counterterrorism plans.

Because counterterrorism remains a DHS priority, food and beverage employers should keep abreast of any new legislation that may expand their compliance responsibilities with respect to workplace security issues.