IFT Contributes to Development of FDA Training Tool

July 17, 2011

As part of our contract with the FDA, IFT contributed to the development of the Food Related Emergency Exercise Boxed (FREE-B) web-based tool that is now available. FREE-B is a collection of scenarios that will help government regulators, public health organizations and the food industry test their readiness for food-related emergencies, such as a human health emergency caused by an unintentional contamination of produce with E. coli O157:H7.

FREE-B is a compilation of five scenarios designed to help test and develop food emergency response plans, protocols and procedures. It will help food and agriculture stakeholders and emergency preparedness planners collaborate better with each other, neighboring jurisdictions, the food industry and federal agencies during food emergencies. To access the FREE-B scenarios, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodDefense/Training/ucm216741.htm.