biosecurity

noun
bio·​se·​cu·​ri·​ty | \ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē \

Definition of biosecurity 

: security from exposure to harmful biological agents also : measures taken to ensure this security

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Cooke also had failed to observe its own biosecurity best practices by seeking to move the fish into pens at its Orchard Rocks farm in Rich Passage near Bainbridge Island without allowing them to lie fallow for at least a month. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Washington state finds virus in Cooke Atlantic salmon, plans expanded testing," 19 May 2018 The department is also updating state aquaculture records and rules, and working through a protocol for a revised testing program to ensure more regular biosecurity testing at all aquaculture facilities, Warheit said. Anchorage Daily News, "Audit finds 70 percent of British Columbia fish-processing plants do not comply with environmental regulations," 8 July 2018 Sprinkle in a few quotes from concerned biosecurity experts. Daniel Grushkin, STAT, "Biohackers are about open-access to science, not DIY pandemics. Stop misrepresenting us," 4 June 2018 The department also intends to test adult salmon at Cooke’s facilities for the virus as part of a biosecurity review of all aquaculture facilities in Washington. Anchorage Daily News, "Audit finds 70 percent of British Columbia fish-processing plants do not comply with environmental regulations," 8 July 2018 Far from representing biosecurity threats, labs like ours are reaching into neighborhoods and educating people with hands-on science at a depth most schools and museums cannot provide. Daniel Grushkin, STAT, "Biohackers are about open-access to science, not DIY pandemics. Stop misrepresenting us," 4 June 2018 That mixes age classes of fish, another violation of biosecurity protocol. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Washington state finds virus in Cooke Atlantic salmon, plans expanded testing," 19 May 2018 Officials are still trying to figure out how the bacteria got into the country despite strict biosecurity controls. Nick Perry, The Seattle Times, "New Zealand to kill 150,000 cows to end bacterial disease," 28 May 2018 To keep the rats out, tough biosecurity measures are being put in place, including keeping tourist boats offshore and moving people to the island via much smaller boats where rats cannot hide out. National Geographic, "Large Island Declared Rat-Free in Biggest Removal Success," 9 May 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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biosecurity

noun
bio·​se·​cu·​ri·​ty | \ˌbī-ō-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē \

Medical Definition of biosecurity 

: security from exposure to harmful biological agents (such as pathogenic microorganisms) You would expect the organisation responsible for ensuring biosecurity in labs working with dangerous animal pathogens like foot and mouth disease to know about any accidents that have occurred in those labs.— Linda Geddes, New Scientist, 22 Dec. 2007 also : measures taken to ensure this security In areas where poultry farms are on adjoining or nearby properties or in areas tied together by common waterways, roads, or flyways, the risk of disease spread from one farm to another is greatly increased no matter what type of biosecurity is practiced by individual farms. — Carol J. Cardona, in Avian Influenza, 2008

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