A bioterror attack that introduced a virus like foot-and-mouth disease could devastate the U.S. livestock industry. Regulators are proposing new rules meant to protect the food system from terror attack.
It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster. Villains in trench coats scheme ways to cause the most destruction and chaos. They settle on a food company, an easy target, and plan to lace the products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out the plan with enough time to save the day.
Iowa State University scientists Jack Dekkers (left) and Sue Lamont traveled with Huaijun Zhou (center) of the University of California, Davis, to Morogoro, Tanzania. They met with their collaborators on a USAID-funded project to improve chicken genetics in Africa.