10/08/2005

HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson Warns of Food Supply Vulnerability to Terrorism

HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson Resigns, Warns of Food Supply Vulnerability to Terrorism


U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson warned in his resignation speech Friday that the nation’s food supply is vulnerable to terrorism, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported (see GSN, Sept. 30).

“I, for the life of me, cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply, because it is so easy to do. And we’re importing a lot of food from the Middle East, and it would be easy to tamper with that,” said Thompson.

He added that his agency was “only doing about 12,000 inspections of imports” when he arrived. “Now we’re up to about 98,000, which is a huge increase. … With the number of imports increasing, you know, we have increased the number and the percentage, but it still is a very minute amount that we’re doing.”

NTI: Global Security Newswire

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