Identification

Name

Food Emergency Response Network

Short name

FERN

Status

Active

Category

System

People
(1) Kevin Vought, Sr. Staff Officer, kevin.vought@fsis.usda.gov
Organizations
(1) Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
(2) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Update frequency

Near Real-time

Created

2014-07-09 15:37:50+00:00

Modified

2016-07-07 18:39:50.375394+00:00

Basic Information

Overview

The FERN integrates data from all food-testing laboratories at the local, state, and federal levels in the USA into a network that is able to respond to emergencies involving biological, chemical, or radiological contamination in the American food supply. The FERN prepares the nation’s laboratories to be able to respond to food-related emergencies.

Goals
(1) Baseline awareness
(2) Early warning
(3) Situational awareness
Year start

2007

URL http://www.fernlab.org/
URL (alternate) http://www.fernlab.org/index.cfm/fern-in-action/
Related system
(1) Electronic Laboratory Exchange Network (eLEXNET)
(2) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS)
(3) FoodSHIELD ()

Disease and Geography

Locations
(1) All States and Territories
Disease transmission types
(1) Ingestion

Datastreams

Data sources
(1) Laboratory Records