On December 10th, 2018 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a Food Defense update on the Intentional Adulteration Rule. In the update, the FDA lays out new free ways to complete the required Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training. The FDA has provided a number of resources and links to courses that can be seen in the official publication below.
To get a better understanding of the rule, read FDA’s Intentional Adulteration.
Food Defense Updates
Food Defense at FDA is the effort to protect food from acts of intentional adulteration.
Learn more at https://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodDefense/default.htm
The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance has made available another Intentional Adulteration (IA) online training course and FDA has shared its intent to allow Additional Time to Comment on the IA Rule Draft Guidance
December 10, 2018
On November 27th, the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) announced the availability of another online training course “Conducting Vulnerability Assessments using Key Activity Types”. This online course was developed through a partnership between FSPCA’s Intentional Adulteration Subcommittee and FDA. This course is part of the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the training requirement to conduct vulnerability assessments found in the Final Rule on Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) regulation that is intended to protect food from intentional acts of adulteration where there is an intent to cause wide scale public health harm. The regulation requires covered facilities to conduct a vulnerability assessment to identify actionable process steps (21 CFR 121.130).
This course is available on the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance website at https://www.ifsh.iit.edu/fspca/courses/intentional-adulteration and can also be accessed through the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) website at https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/default.htm.
Additional Time to Comment on IA Guidance
On December 4th, FDA announced its intent to ask for comments on the first two volumes of the Intentional Adulteration Rule Draft Guidance together after the second installment of the draft guidance issues in early 2019. The first installment of the draft guidance issued in June of this year.
The guidance is also available on the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) website at https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/default.htm.
For more information about Food Defense and the IA Final Rule and Draft Guidance visit https://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodDefense/default.htm