Fresh produce business owners frequently express frustration about how government responds to food-related emergencies, questioning the procedures and protocols that are used.

Insight into those processes is available with an updated version of the Food and Drug Administration’s “Food Related Emergency Exercise Bundle,” referred to as FREE-B, according to an FDA news release.

FREE-B is a compilation of scenarios based on intentional and unintentional food contamination events, and is designed to help regulatory and public health agencies evaluate and develop food emergency response plans. For complete details, visit

The FDA’s Food Defense Oversight Team developed FREE-B with the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.