New Guidance To Help Food Manufacturers Implement Protections Against Potential Attacks On The U.S. Food Supply

New Guidance To Help Food Manufacturers Implement Protections Against Potential Attacks On The U S  Food Supply


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The final rules entitled “Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration” mean that companies must implement plans to prevent food under their control from intentional adulteration by performing vulnerability assessments, establishing mitigation strategies and procedures for monitoring, correcting and verifying a food defense plan. These rules were finalized in September 2016 meaning that companies have between 3 and five years for full compliance.

In June 2018, the FDA issued new draft guidance to help the food industry implement protection against potential attacks on the U.S. food supply. This session will introduce companies working on Food Defense plans to understand the FDA’s position and intent on planning better and implementing operations with sound food defense.

The new guidance provides recommendations for food defense measures, requirements applying to records that must be established and maintained and Compliance. Vulnerability assessments, mitigation strategies, education/training, recordkeeping guidance are presented.

Companies required to establish food defense plans should be aware of the FDA’s developing guidance issues to establish qualified plans and food defense systems.

Implementation of food defense plans will most likely require capital asset planning.

The rules apply to all foreign and domestic companies required to be registered with the FDA except farms, small businesses, animal foods, alcoholic beverages, and operations where the container that directly contacts the food remains intact (unopened).

The FDA FSMA Food Defense rules will require that all registered food supply entities follow all applicable FSMA rules. All proposed rules are now law and provide the FDA with full enforcement powers. All companies open to new FDA and Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement activities if there is evidence that the food operation does not comply with FSMA rules. The FDA fully intends to prosecute in the event of illness or death caused to humans.

Advantages of attending the webinar:

Better understand the FDA’s intent for Food Defense Planning and Implementation

Build your team

Review vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies

Incorporate the company defense plan into your overall food safety plan

Establish preventive controls

Verify implementation of defense strategies (assure your plan is in place)

Establish a precautionary validation approach (prove your plan works)

Develop procedures

Document the process

Protect your company and personnel from lawsuits

Who will benefit:

Upper and Mid-level personnel from all registered food operations

Food safety team members

Food quality personnel

Managers and supervisors in food operations

Sanitation specialists and teams

Food packing, processing, distribution and handling personnel

Food ingredient suppliers

Legal team members focused on food safety

Food safety leads and implementation team members

Maintenance operations personnel

Food facility personnel

Food importers whose food will be consumed in the U.S.

Food security personnel

Recall specialists

US Food Importers and Exporters to the US

Food Safety internal and external auditors and audit team members

Shipper Supervisor and Managers


Distribution center operations personnel

Carrier and food transportation management

Food Buyers and Supply Chain Qualifiers

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