Secure Food Supply (SFS) Plans


Secure Food Supply Goals infographic

ALERT: There is an outbreak of virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) in Southern California with confirmed cases detected in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. A Regional Quarantine became effective starting February 27, 2019 and all movement of poultry, poultry products, and other items that can spread the virus such as feed, manure, and litter within those areas are stopped via the quarantine order.

To apply for a permit to move these items, the premises shall practice enhanced biosecurity measures as it is described below.

The minimum biosecurity measures that must be in the Secure Food Supply Plan include:

  • Establishment of a secure premises perimeter
    • The perimeter needs to have a visible boundary.
    • This perimeter must be able to control access and movement
      on and off the property
    • Maintain visitor logs
    • Limit movement on and off the property to only essential vehicles and personnel
  • Cleaning and disinfection (C&D)
    • Establish and follow protocols to C&D vehicles that cross the perimeter must undergo thorough cleaning and disinfection
    • Establish and follow protocols to C&D equipment that is used
    • People that cross the perimeter must wear personal protective equipment (PPE)
      and use foot baths and hand sanitizers throughout the property when
      moving from clean to dirty areas
    • Remove all garbage, harborage, and control pests
  • Monitor animal health
    • Monitor daily for signs of illness or disease and report immediately
  • Training and Documentation:
    • Train all employees on premises biosecurity protocols
    • Document the separation of clean and dirty, the movement of people and vehicles, and the locations of C&D and PPE stations with maps
    • Keep logs for visitor entrance, C&D station use and maintenance, footbath maintenance, pest control

CDFA's Animal Health Branch is currently offering assistance in developing SFS plans for business owners affected by the Regional Quarantine and for those who may be shipping into the area. For more information or to request assistance with developing a plan, please email: SFSpermits@cdfa.ca.gov. To get started, please download the SFS plan template under the CDFA resources section of this page.

For more information on the outbreak and disease: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/VND

Secure Food Supply plans are designed to provide guidance to producers and animal health responders for maintaining continuity of business while, most importantly, effectively controlling and eradicating disease during a foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak.

Continuity of business can be defined as: the management of non-infected premises and non-contaminated animal products in the event of an FAD outbreak. Continuity of business provides science- and risk-based approaches and systems as a critical activity in any FAD response. This helps agriculture and food industries maintain typical business or return to business during a disaster response, while the risk of disease spread is effectively managed. (USDA APHIS FAD Ready Reference Guide – Overview of the Secure Food Supply (SFS) Plans ; December 2016).

The national species or commodity specific plans include resources and guidance on preparedness, biosecurity, surveillance and disease monitoring, and movement and permitting, focusing on major relevant FADs, such as highly pathogenic avian influenza, and foot and mouth disease:

In California, CDFA is working to produce guidance, response plans, and outreach suited for California’s unique livestock and poultry industry, while mirroring and incorporating the developments of the national plans. Our efforts are focused on streamlining the common, all-commodity concepts within SFS plans for farm premises, haulers, and processors, and addressing industry-unique characteristics as needed. Efforts are focusing on developing plan templates and getting California businesses pre-certified.