PAS 96:2014 – Guide to protecting and defending food and drink from deliberate attack

Defending your food and agri-food products is essential to your business’s reputation and survival. While you have various Food Safety Management Systems in place to prevent accidental contamination, a deliberate attack can often bypass food safety protocols – getting past even the most rigorous systems. With the competition in the food industry growing, deliberate attacks have become more common. This is why BSI has developed the Publically Available Specification (PAS) for preventing deliberate attack on food and drink, PAS 96.

The purpose of PAS 96 is to improve the resilience of all parts of production and supply chain against attack. PAS 96 covers types of attackers and addresses a number of specific threats including:

  • Extortion
  • Malicious Contamination
  • Cybercrime
  • Espionage
  • Economically motivated adulteration
  • Counterfeiting

To address these types of attacks, PAS 96 introduces Threat Assessment Critical Control Points (TACCP), a risk management framework closely aligned with HACCP. TACCP should be used by food businesses as a part of a broad risk management strategy to:

  • Reduce the likelihood of a deliberate attack
  • Reduce the impact of an attack on your food business
  • Reassure stakeholders about the safety of your production and supply chain