CDFA Animal Health and Food Safety Services Division

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Secure Food Supply (SFS) Plans

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ALERT: There is an outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease (vND) in backyard poultry, with confirmed cases detected in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. Control areas are established around positives, and all movement of poultry, poultry products, and other items that can spread virus within those areas are stopped via quarantine order. If a commercial entity is within a control area and wants to continue shipping animals or animal products on or off their premises, a movement permit will be required and may only occur if certain biosecurity measures are taken. Southern California businesses are strongly encouraged to develop a Secure Food Supply plan and become pre-certified to be able to meet these biosecurity standards and reduce the time required for permitted movement in the event they fall into a control area. All producers are strongly encouraged to enforce, and enhance, their existing biosecurity plans.

CDFA’s Animal Health Branch is currently offering assistance in developing plans for business owners in the Southern California region, and for those who may be shipping into the area. For more information or to request assistance with developing a plan, please email:

as of 10/24/2018

  • Outreach: weekly updates to over 200 Southern California poultry or poultry product businesses
  • SFS Plans: 24 plans completed; 15 plans pending
  • Voluntary commercial surveillance sampling: 487 negative samples from 40 operations
  • Movement: 27 permits issued

For more information on the outbreak and disease:

What is Secure Food Supply? (+/-)

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:

What is California Doing? (+/-)

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.