FDA issues new rule to protect against food adulteration

The Food and Drug Administration today finalized a new food safety rule under the landmark, bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The rule requires companies in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply. Although the FDA says that intentional adulteration is unlikely, the new rule advances mitigation strategies to protect the food supply.

Under the new rule, both domestic and foreign food facilities are required to complete and maintain a written food defense plan that assesses their potential vulnerabilities to deliberate contamination where the intent is to cause wide-scale public health harm. Facilities now have to identify and implement mitigation strategies to address these vulnerabilities, establish food defense monitoring procedures and corrective actions, verify that the system is working, ensure that personnel assigned to these areas receive appropriate training and maintain certain records.

The FDA's press release, with links to a Q&A and the rule itself, is here.

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