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Protect Your Facility from Intentional Harm and Comply with New FDA Regulations
Protect Your Facility from Intentional Harm and Comply with New FDA Regulations

Food production safety used to be limited to external threats, many of which could be controlled by simply erecting a fence or adding a key card system. Securing the safety of food production was a matter of securing your facility. Unfortunately, today’s biggest threats to food safety can come from both external and internal threats attacking the safety of the food supply – some of which may be intentional.

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) addresses concerns regarding this threat, known as intentional adulteration. According to the FSMA, intentional adulteration is a hazard that may be intentionally introduced to foods, including by acts of terrorism, with the intent to cause wide-spread harm to public health. And we never know what unlikely foods might be targeted.

The deadline for complying with these new regulations has already passed for large businesses in July 2019. Small businesses must comply by July 2020 and very small businesses by July 2021. Starting in March 2020, the FDA will begin compliance inspections of food manufacturing facilities covered by FSMA. They will be required to comply with the regulation, including having a well-developed plan to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities.  

During AIB International’s Jan. 17 “FDA Intentional Adulteration Inspections: What to Expect and How to Prepare” webinar, Earl Arnold, AIB International food defense/FSMA manager, will give you the confidence and tools necessary to prepare your facility for compliance.  

“The FDA plans on conducting intentional adulteration inspections at large facilities, educating as they regulate,” Arnold said. “This webinar will discuss preparations for these early inspections, as well as a brief overview of regulatory requirements.”

During the webinar, Arnold said he also will discuss the types of vulnerability assessments, typical mitigation strategies and training for qualified individuals. As always, these discussions will include best practices, tips and ways to meet FDA and company expectations.

Register for this webinar to gain insights on defending your facility against intentional adulteration. For additional training opportunities, check out our self-paced “Food Defense Update Webinar: Guidance Update & Intentional Adulteration” webinar or our “FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Conducting Vulnerability Assessments” seminar in February.

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