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FDA Proposes Rule to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration

December 23, 2013 - Kestrel Food Safety

As required by the FSMA, the FDA has proposed a rule, Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration, that would require the largest food businesses in the U.S. and abroad to take steps to prevent facilities from being the target of intentional attempts to contaminate the food supply and cause large-scale public harm.

FDA’s proposed rule on food defense would require these facilities to review their production system and determine if they have any of the four key activities within the food system that FDA identifies as the most vulnerable to adulteration. Once that vulnerability assessment is complete, the facilities would need to identify steps or procedures in a food process that will require focused mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of intentional adulteration. Facilities are also required to complete a written food defense plan.

For more information about the proposed rule and related compliance requirements/dates, visit: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm378628.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Submitted by: Bill Bremer

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