Intentional Adulteration

Training & Materials

FSPCA Food Defense Awareness for the IA Rule
FSPCA IA Rule Overview
FSPCA IA Key Activity Types Course (coming soon)
FSPCA IA Identification and Explanation of Mitigation Strategies Course (coming soon)
FSPCA IA Vulnerability Assessments Course (coming soon)
FSPCA IA Food Defense Plan Preparation and Reanalysis Course (coming soon)

FSPCA Food Defense Awareness for the IA Rule

Course Description

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act rule: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) (IA Rule) requires that covered facilities develop and implement a food defense plan that protects the facility’s most vulnerable points from acts of intentional adulteration intended to cause wide scale public health harm.  The points in a facilities operation that have these significant vulnerabilities are called “actionable process steps”.  According the IA rule, individuals assigned to work at actionable process steps and their supervisors, are required to receive training in food defense awareness (21 CFR 121.4(b)(2)). This “Food Defense Awareness for the Intentional Adulteration Rule” is designed specifically for those individuals and will meet the food defense awareness training requirement within the IA rule.  It is important to note that the training requirement in the IA rule is flexible, and individuals may choose this training or a similar food defense awareness training to satisfy this requirement.

This curriculum was developed in partnership with the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), Intentional Adulteration Subcommittee (IA Subcommittee). Development was assisted by the International Food Protection Training Institute with funding from the Food and Drug Administration.  The information provided by the FSPCA is for training purposes only and does not create binding obligations for FDA or industry.  This course is intended as a training tool to assist companies in complying with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act rule: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) (IA Rule); however, taking this training does not ensure compliance with the law or FDA’s regulation.

  • Delivery Format: Online course
  • Estimated Seat Time: 20-30 minutes. There is a 4-hour inactivity time-out, so once started, complete the entire course. 
  • Certificate: An FSPCA Certificate of Completion is issued at the end of the course that you must print off immediately. This is the only time the certificate is available to be printed (no record is retained). If you need a replacement certificate, you will need to complete the course again. 
  • Cost: Free

Download the FSPCA Food Defense Awareness Course Information Packet for full details on the course, access the course and how to print your certificate.

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FSPCA OVERVIEW OF THE INTENTIONAL ADULTERATION RULE (IA RULE)

Course Description

This training will provide stakeholders with more information about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule on Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) (IA Rule).  The purpose of the IA Rule is to protect food from intentional acts of adulteration where there is an intent to cause wide scale public health harm. The final rule establishes various food defense measures that an owner, operator, or agent in charge of a facility is required to implement to protect against the intentional adulteration of food.  While this training course is optional and not required for compliance with the IA Rule, the information within this training will assist food facilities that are required to comply with the IA Rule, and other stakeholders, to have a more in-depth understanding of the requirements in the IA Rule.

  • Delivery Format: Online course
  • Estimated Seat Time: 25-35 minutes. There is a 4-hour inactivity time-out, so once started, complete the entire course. 
  • Certificate: No certificate is provided for this course because the FSPCA Overview of the IA Rule course does not fulfill a regulatory requirement.  No records are retained for your completion of this course.
  • Cost: Free

Download the FSPCA Overview of the IA Rule Course Information Packet for full details on the course, directions on how to access the course and who to contact for support.

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Disclaimer

The information provided by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is for training purposes only. The FSPCA is not your attorney and cannot provide you with legal advice. The FSPCA curriculum is intended as a training tool to assist companies in complying with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) intentional adulteration regulation; however, following this curriculum does not ensure compliance with the law or FDA’s regulations. For advice regarding the legal compliance with FSMA, please consult your legal counsel.

The information provided by the FSPCA will vary in applicability to each food manufacturer. It is not possible for the FSPCA training curriculum to address every situation. Companies should implement practices and programs that are appropriate to their individual operations. FSPCA materials do not outline the only approach to developing and implementing a Food Defense Plan. Companies can follow any approach that satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations related to FSMA. The information provided by FSPCA does not create binding obligations for the Food and Drug Administration or industry.

FSPCA does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or availability of any information provided in its curriculum and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for any results obtained from the use of such information. FSPCA gives no express or implied warranties, including but not limited to, any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use. In no event shall FSPCA be liable for any indirect, special or consequential damages in connection with any use of this training curriculum.