In remembrance of the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, Greg Owen, chairman of the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference of the American Trucking Associations, commented on voluntary security guidelines for the transportation of agricultural and food commodities that have been developed since.
“Today is the appropriate occasion for all Americans to reflect on the tragedy experienced by this nation on September 11, 2001, when thousands of innocent people lost their lives in three locations due to the unprecedented attacks of terrorists bent on destroying our democracy and our way of life.
“Since 9/11, recognizing that an attack on our food supply would be another way to wreak havoc on our economy, the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference of the American Trucking Associations, partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture, developed and is distributing voluntary security guidelines for the transportation of agricultural and food commodities.
“The publications — the USDA/AFTC Guides for Security Practices in Transporting Agricultural and Food Commodities, and the AFTC Resource Directory for Security Practices in the Transportation of Agricultural and Food Commodities — contain expert information on measures that food and agricultural transporters can take to protect their personnel, facilities, cargo and vehicles from intentional contamination or terrorist attack.”
“AFTC members remain vigilant in our mission to safely transport America’s agricultural and food commodities, daily from farm to fork,” Owen concluded.