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Botulinum Food Contamination Playbook

Botulinum toxin poses a credible biological threat because of its extreme potency and lethality, ease of production, and ability to cause significant human morbidity and mortality. An intentional event involving this toxin could cause significant casualties in military or civilian settings, and disrupt political, economic, and social infrastructures in the United States (U.S.). The purpose of this Botulinum Food Contamination Playbook is to provide guidance to the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) decision making processes in response to a terrorist food attack with botulinum toxin in a single metropolitan area.

Person looking at a computer Disclaimers Caduceus Introduction Photomicrographic view of a gentian violet-stained culture specimen revealing the presence of numerous Gram-positive Clostridium botulinum courtesy of CDC Public Health Image Library Overview​
Bottles of milk Scenario First responder Concept of  Operations Strategic National Stockpile Action Steps and Issues
Deploying medical countermeasures Essential Elements of Information U.S. Flag Pre-Scripted Sub-Tasks Sample page of acronyms Acronyms

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  • This page last reviewed: October 05, 2012