FDA releases software to help industry protect food supply

first_img The software program, called CARVER+Shock, was released on Jun 15 and is available for download on the FDA’s Web site, according to an FDA press release. The software was developed by the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) along with several collaborators, including Sandia National Laboratories, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Institute of Food Technologists, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, state officials, and industry representatives. “FDA’s goal in developing the CARVER+Shock software is to maximize protection of the American food supply,” said David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food protection, in the press release. Effect: What measurable losses in production would stem from an attack? Recuperability: How well could a system recover from an attack? “CARVER helps industry think like an attacker so that it can identify any weak spots and put countermeasures into place,” Kautter said. Accessibility: How easily could a terrorist access a target? Jun 15 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2007/ucm108934.htm Vulnerability: How easily could an attack be accomplished? The software itself doesn’t pose a security risk because the questions don’t reveal classified company information, Kautter said. However, he added that the assessment results should be considered sensitive information. Recognizability: How easily could a terrorist identify a target? Also, the tool incorporates a seventh attribute, the psychological or “shock” effects of an attack, the FDA statement said. For example, the psychological impact might be greater if a large number of deaths resulted or if the target had special historical or cultural significance. Jun 15 FDA consumer updatehttp://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/carvershock061107.html Before the CARVER+Shock software was released, food processors relied on face-to-face risk assessments with FDA and/or USDA representatives that typically took 2 to 3 days and required as many as 30 people to answer all the questions, Donald Kautter Jr., acting supervisor of the food defense oversight team at the FDA, said in an FDA consumer report on the new software. Jun 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a new software tool to make it easier and quicker for food industry facilities to assess their risk of attacks involving biological, chemical, or radiological weapons. The computerized assessment generally takes less than a day and requires the participation of a small team from the food facility, the FDA report said. The program takes employees through more than 100 questions about their facilities and processes to identify vulnerable areas and project what type of attack would be the greatest threat. “What we’ve done is taken that face-to-face interaction and put it into a software program so that the questions and discussion are posed by the computer,” Kautter said in the report. “This will give more companies access to the tool.” The software is designed for use by all components of the food industry, from growers to retailers. “CARVER” is an acronym representing risk-assessment attributes that have been adapted from the US military: FDA CARVER+Shock software sitehttp://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm094560.htm See also: The new risk assessment tool is part of the FDA’s broader food protection strategy and follows the 2006 launch of the ALERT initiative, which is designed to raise industry awareness of food defense and preparedness issues, the FDA said. The CARVER+Shock software builds on the awareness by allowing a more formal and detailed risk assessment. Criticality: How would an attack impact public health and the economy?last_img read more

Uattara regroups after benching

first_img Published on September 11, 2013 at 2:46 am Contact Ryan: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Sophomore Silvi Uattara, Syracuse’s (1-5) second-leading point-scorer, had to deal with something she is not used to this past weekend: sitting on the sidelines.In the match against Rutgers on Friday night, Uattara, who hails from Voronezh, Russian Federation, did not start for the first time all season. Instead, she split significant time with senior Samantha Clarey. On Saturday night against Colorado, she never made it onto the court.“In a meeting before the game, Coach (Leonid Yelin) said we have to try something new, we have to give opportunity to other players, too,” Uattara said. “I was really upset, of course, but I understood if it’s coach’s decision. It’s a lock. And I could not go and say for him it’s not right or something.”A few days later, Uattara said she thinks she understands why Yelin did what he did, but was unwilling to comment on that reason.“It’s private. I do not want to say,” Uattara said. “I don’t know, it’s my opinion and coach has the same opinion, probably, so I’m not going to say.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYelin said he tried to explain to Uattara that the decision to sit her on Saturday night was not a punishment, but more of a chance to reflect on what she has been failing to do right and give some of the younger players more time.In Yelin’s opinion, her struggles are mental. He felt the night off would give her a chance to step back and see where she had not been executing.“If you’re not performing … it’s here,” Yelin said, pointing to his head. “I said ‘Sil, as much as can be helped, I’m trying to help you. The key word is help. I cannot do this for you.’”The decision to rotate between Uattara and Clarey on Friday night, Yelin said, was due to statistics that showed Uattara was playing strong on the front row, but her numbers were not as impressive when she played in the back row.Yelin thought Clarey, who has spent most of her career as a hitter, would do a better job rotating in on the back row. And she did, eventually serving out the last five points of the fifth set against Rutgers on Friday night to lead the team to a victory. Uattara, meanwhile, sat on the bench.“She asked why I’m not playing her in the back row,” Yelin said. “I said these are the numbers why. This is the numbers when you play on the back row. These are the numbers when Clarey is playing on the back row.”After having reduced or no playing time in two of the weekend’s four matches, the question becomes how Uattara will handle this benching as the team heads into a home weekend series against three teams that have one win combined.Nicolette Serratore said Uattara has been a more determined player at practice since her benching this past weekend.“In the past two days, she has really learnt a lot and she is really focused on what he (Yelin) is asking from her,” Serratore said, “so I think that she will be ready to play.”Uattara said the benching is the source of her hard play in practice during the week, but it has also motivated her to show her coach she has changed as a player.“I’m still practicing hard, because I know that I am going to play for sure,” Uattara said. “I’m just trying to do my best and to show for coach that I am much better. Maybe it’s one of the reasons why he put me on the bench, maybe he wants me to play better.” Commentslast_img read more