Intentional Adulteration Curriculum and Training
The FSPCA IA Subcommittee held their kickoff meeting on September 21, 2016. A combination of online and face-to-face standardized training to support the IA final rule is being planned. The training development process is underway and is being done in concert with guidance development. Each component of the standardized training will be drafted by FDA subject matter experts and reviewed by the IA Subcommittee members. As necessary and appropriate, pilot sessions will be held to receive additional stakeholder feedback on the draft training content prior to finalization.
FSMA Final Rule Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration
FDA’s final Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule is aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. Such acts, while not likely to occur, could cause illness, death, economic disruption of the food supply absent mitigation strategies. Rather than targeting specific foods or hazards, this rule requires mitigation (risk-reducing) strategies for processes in certain registered food facilities.
The rule, which is required by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, requires covered facilities to prepare and implement food defense plans. The FDA issued the final rule on May 27, 2016. This rule is a first of its kind, so education and outreach is critical. Additionally, FDA recognizes that many of the food facilities covered by this rule will also be meeting the requirements of other FSMA rules. Therefore, FDA is providing a longer timeline in the final rule for facilities to comply with the intentional adulteration rule. For more information about the final IA rule, please click here.
For detailed information regarding Food Defense, click here.