The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that beginning in March, they will start routine inspections of small businesses (those with fewer than 500 employees) to verify compliance under the Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule, which requires facilities to develop and implement a Food Defense Plan. FDA also recently announced that they will resume routine domestic onsite inspections, following a months-long pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With inspections coming up for operations small and large, it’s time to assess your Food Defense Plan for areas of improvement.
The requirements of a Food Defense Plan include conducting a vulnerability assessment that considers all products and each processing step and is specific to the individual facility. It must also consider, in some way, the following three elements:
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