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The Food and Drug Administration has released its second installment of what food facilities should do to protect against intentional adulteration of foods.

The goal is to have food companies take measures against intentional tampering of foods, including acts of tampering. The Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Other FSMA rules address specific foods and hazards, but the IA rule requires companies to reduce risks in food facilities that are vulnerable to tampering.

The first compliance date, for large facilities, goes into effect in July, according to an FDA news release.

Companies are required to develop/implement a food defense plan identifying vulnerabilities and how to deal with them, and them ensure they’re working.

The FDA has a 120-day public comment period on the draft guidance document that supports the IA rule. The FDA posted the rule on the Federal Register March 5; comments will be accepted starting March 6.

This installment adds to and incorporates elements of the previously published guidance with chapters covering topics such as:

Information in the document includes:

  • Components of a food defense plan;
  • How to conduct vulnerability assessments;
  • Food defense monitoring requirements; and
  • How to identify and implement mitigation strategies.

Most of the content in the FDA’s first installment of Intentional Adulteration Draft Guidance, released in June, hasn’t changed. The FDA plans to schedule a public meeting on the draft guidance, when more information will be released.