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FDA Issues Guidance on Protecting Food from Deliberate Attack


In a release dated March 5th, 2019, Commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Scott Gottlieb noted that the U.S. has one of the safest food supplies in the world but it is recognized that foods can be vulnerable - "not just from unintended contamination, but from those who would do us harm."

In 2016 the FDA issued a rule outlining risk-based procedures to be adopted by food production facilities to protect from acts of intentional adulteration. Additional directives are contained in the document Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food against Intentional Adulteration: A Guidance for Industry. This revised draft guidance is issued in compliance with the Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule incorporated in the Food Safety Modernization Act. Both domestic plants and foreign facilities that export to the U.S. must develop and implement food defense plans to assess potential vulnerability to acts of deliberate contamination.