Protecting Food Against Intentional Adulteration

A NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY MONTH – SPECIAL POST

INTRODUCTION

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule provides us with guidance and law related to protecting food from intentional acts of contamination. To prevent an act of intentional adulteration (IA) that could cause harm to the public on a large scale, the FDA is implementing risk-reducing strategies to combat IA, as detailed in a recently required Food Defense Plan.

Strategies to build this plan include:

  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Mitigation Strategies
    • Monitoring
    • Corrective Actions
    • Verification
  • Training and Record keeping

THE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

The Vulnerability Assessment is the major starting step in the process.… Read More

Food Defense Plans, Do You Have Yours?

As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Rule – Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration, you may be required to have a Food Defense Plan in place, are you prepared?  There are very specific sections that must be included in your plan and the plan should be developed both from a corporate level as well as at each facility.  It is important that not only do you develop a Food Defense Plan but that it is reviewed and revised on at least an annual basis.  Some key sections that must be included in your plan are Product Recall, Physical Security, IT Security, Emergency Contact Information and Facility Layouts.… Read More

FSMA Compliance Date Changes – Does It Impact You?

On 8/23/16, the Food & Drug Administration announced changes to their timelines and compliance dates for the Food Safety Modernization Act.  We encourage each company to visit the FDA’s website to determine if you are impacted by these changes.  PRS can assist you and your company with the review and assessment of your Food Defense Program, develop your program and provide approved training.

The FDA has already begun with the issuance of it’s guidance tools that will assist the end users of the Act and supporting Rules.

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