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U.S. Army Cpl. Demetrius Contreras, Veterinary Service Support (VSS) veterinary food inspector attached to the Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF), shows how he completes a food receipt after a delivery during a Food Safety Course with the Djibouti Ministry of Agriculture at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 28, 2022. Participants received information on various topics ranging from food handling safety, storage, food reception, inspection and bacteriology. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Destani K. Matheny)
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Food and Water Risk Assessments

Food and Water Risk Assessments are conducted when there are no, or insufficient, DOD approved food sources available to support short-term events and exercises outside the continental United States (OCONUS). Meal providers are assessed using a risk based assessment for:Stylized computer health charts

  • Actual or potential health threats
  • Intentional and unintentional microbiological, chemical, or physical contamination of the feeding system and products
  • Evaluating potential exposure pathways
  • Determining countermeasures and mitigation strategies to control or reduce the health threats to DOD personnel

The senior operational commander or designated combatant command (COCOM) representative makes the final decision to use or not use a facility assessed under the FWRA program.

FWRA Information and Requests

OCONUS exercise or event planners needing past Food and Water Risk Assessment information about a location, or to request an FWRA, should contact the COCOM where the exercise or event will occur:

Questions regarding Food & Water Risk Assessments may be directed to: dha.ncr.Pub-Health-NCR.list.dod-fwra-program@health.mil

Related Sites

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: Eligible Foreign Establishments

Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Fruits and Vegetables

Worldwide Directory of Sanitarily Approved Food Establishments for Armed Forces Procurement

Last Updated: September 20, 2023
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