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Radiation Safety

Radiation emergencies could be intentional (e.g., caused by terrorists) or unintentional and they can occur domestically or abroad with far reaching impact. The fallout from a nuclear weapon, a nuclear reactor accident or a radiological dispersal device could lead to deposition of radioactive materials upon food, agricultural animals and pets. USDA provides guidance on how to respond to an incident when production agriculture and pets are threatened by a radiological event.

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Improvised Nuclear Device Response and Recovery: Communicating in the Immediate Aftermath

This document is a resource for emergency responders and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial officials communicating with the public in the immediate aftermath of an improvised nuclear detonation in the United States. An interagency group of federal communicators and radiation technical experts developed the messages in this document. Participating federal agencies include the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), FEMA, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

U.S. Food, Animal and Agricultural Commodities Import Safety Process Fact Sheet (Sept. 2015) (link coming)

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