Under the proposed rule, a food facility would be required to have a written food defense plan that addresses significant vulnerabilities in its food production process. Facilities then would have to identify and implement strategies to address these vulnerabilities, establish monitoring procedures and corrective actions, verify that the system is working, ensure that personnel assigned to the vulnerable areas receive appropriate training and maintain certain records.
The proposed rule does not apply to farms and food for animals. Also in the proposed rule, the FDA describes its current thinking and is seeking comment on other issues, including economically motivated adulteration.
The FDA will hold a public meeting on February 20, 2014 in College Park, MD. The FDA will conduct additional outreach during the comment period, which may include additional public meetings.
The proposed rule is available for public comment until March 31, 2014.
For more information:
- Federal Register Notice for the Proposed Rule “Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration”