January 24, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed a defense rule that will require the largest food businesses in the U.S. and abroad to take steps to prevent facilities from being the contaminated with intentional adulteration of food.
This is the sixth rule issued under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
The rule will require food facilities to have a written food defense plan that will address vulnerabilities during the food production process and will thus have to identify and implement strategies. The rule will require food facilities to establish monitoring procedures and corrective actions to verify that the system is working. Personnel assigned to the vulnerable areas will receive appropriate training and maintain certain records.
Public consultation for the defense rule will be open until March 31, 2014.