Sunday 11th Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

Reports examine impact of natural disasters on food chain

Two new reports, produced by DEFRA’s Food Chain Emergency Planning Group and assisted by the Food Storage and Distribution Federation, examine the potential effects of natural disasters on UK food supply and appropriate contingency planning. The reports analyse the impact of extreme weather for ‘all stakeholders in the food chain’.

The ‘East Coast Ports and Food Supply’ report attempts to address the potential problems, outcomes and contingency mechanisms needed to ‘ensure the resilience of the food supply in response to a potential east coast tidal surge’.

The second report, ‘Extreme weather and resilience in the food chain,’ is a futures and risks project which incorporates research into the ‘UK food chain’s level of resilience to extreme and volatile weather events’.