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FDA Rule to Protect Against Intentional Adulteration

 

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Jon Woody of the Food and Drug Administration presented facts relating to the proposed Rule to protect against intentional adulteration at the 2014 Egg Issues Forum on April 16th 2014.

The Rule which is to be issued in terms of the Food Safety Modernization Act is intended to prevent intentional adulteration. The FDA recognizes that adulteration can arise from the intent to disrupt the food supply and cause harm to public health. Other motivations might be the acts of disgruntled employees or consumers or economic adulteration by competitors.

The FDA considers that facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food are covered under the proposed Rule which will apply to both domestic and imported foods. Exemptions include farms, or the manufacture, processing or holding of animal feed.

From the material presented and from the discussion it is evident that in-line egg production units should be exempt. There is in fact little prospect of deliberately adulterating shell eggs. The situation with regard to egg liquid is however different, and egg-breaking and pasteurization plants which process and hold liquid and those involved in transport will be subject to the proposed Rule on adulteration. Accordingly management of these facilities will have to consider their vulnerabilities and risks and develop a food defense plan which will be loosely based on HACCP principles.

In accordance with proposed rules, a comment period will be announced to gather feedback from consumers and producers. Further details on the proposed Rule can be obtained by accessing www.fda.gov/fsma.

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