Secure Food Supply (SFS) Plans
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.
- California Secure Food Supply: Industry Standards for Pre-Certification and Permitting in the Event of a Notifiable Animal Disease — Farm Premises (April 2017)