Protect your food and beverage products 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 Standard (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

Who needs PAS 96?

PAS 96 is intended for use by all organizations involved in the food and agri-food sector. Businesses who run in a competitive space in the market would want to ensure their competitors cannot sabotage their reputation. Organizations who operate in areas with very little legal protection will find this standard to be critical. Finally, businesses with large, varied and widely-sourced supply chains will be required to implement this standard.

What are the benefits of PAS 96?

Implementing PAS 96 and TACCP into your business ensures your production and supply chain is safe from deliberate attacks.

Implementing TACCP allows you to:

  • Demonstrate your commitment to food safety
  • Enhance your brand reputation
  • Provide assurance to stakeholders
  • Better manage your risks, both now and in the future

This PAS was jointly sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Its development was facilitated by BSI Standards Limited and it was published under license from The British Standards Institution. It came into effect on 31 October 2014.

PAS 96 Training

We use accelerated learning techniques to make sure you fully understand food defence systems. And we put your learning into context with a blend of classroom teaching, workshops and interactive sessions. We can also bring our training to you with our in-house courses.

Why choose BSI?

We pioneered standards more than 100 years ago and today we’re the market leader. We help over 80,000 organizations ranging from top global brands to small ambitious businesses in 172 countries worldwide to gain an edge over their competition. As one of the few organizations that understands standards from start to end, we don’t only assess how well you’re meeting them, we create new standards from scratch and train teams globally to use them and perform better. Our knowledge can transform your organization.