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Major multi-agency incident exercise delivered to
Food Standards Agency - Exercise Prometheus

Chilled Food Associates led the Acumentia Consulting Ltd team with 

Peter Reilly and Dr David Baines, which designed the scenarios and all

technical content for a major programme of three exercises in 2014/15

testing the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) new Incident Management


Exercise Prometheus also aimed to improve the overall response to food

incidents in the future working with staff and key partners from government and industry.

The programme included two table-top exercises - one internal and one multi-agency and a two-day multi-agency control-post exercise in March 2015.

The post-exercise report has been published by FSA.

Exercise PROMETHEUS Programme

Scenarios were designed that escalated the incident to ‘Major’ in accordance

with the Incident Management Plan, requiring cross-government response coordinated at Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR) level.

The food incident scenario included mycotoxin contamination of grain

imported to the UK and an outbreak of E.coli O157 in Northern Ireland. The exercise began with impacts on human and animal health already being

reported to the FSA by Public Health England and the Animal and Plant

Health Agency.

Exercise PROMETHEUS Scenario Introduction

The exercise was successfully delivered across three control-posts in London, Cardiff and Belfast in March 2015.

FSA concluded "Exercise Prometheus delivered a successful test of the

FSA’s IMP and has identified a number of ways in which we can strengthen

our capability and resilience arrangements. It will, amongst other things,

result in the development of clearer understanding of how we can work most effectively with the cross-government structures for scientific advice in

high-level incidents and will lead to improved management of major food and

feed incidents requiring co-ordinated effort from FSA partners and


The post-exercise report is available on the FSA website together with a

paper discussed by FSA's Board on 9/9/15..