New Guidance to Help Food Manufacturers Implement Protections Against Potential Attacks on the U.S. Food Supply (Food Defense)


60  Mins


Basic & Intermediate & Advanced

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This program will reveal several common misconceptions, such as:
• The Final Rules on Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration
• Exemptions and Compliance Dates
• Assessing company needs (clarification of vulnerability assessments)
• Clarification of Mitigation strategy Requirements, Technologies and examples
• CARVER + Shock
• KAT – Key Activity Types
• Facility-wide security measures
• Qualified Individuals
• Food Defense Teams
• Plan Basics
• Monitoring and Records
• Preventive Concepts
• Verifying and validating food defense plan implementation
• Forthcoming guidance on Corrective Action Verification Procedures
• Food Defense Plan Worksheets and online Planner

Overview of the webinar

The final rules entitled “Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration” mean that companies must implement plans to prevent food under their control from intentional adulteration by performing vulnerability assessments, establishing mitigation strategies and procedures for monitoring, correcting and verifying a food defense plan. These rules were finalized in September 2016 meaning that companies have between 3 and 5 years for full compliance.
In June 2018, the FDA issued new draft guidance to help the food industry implement protection against potential attacks on the U.S. food supply. This session will introduce companies working on Food Defense plans to better understand the FDA’s position and intent on planning and implementing operations with sound food defense.
The new guidance provides recommendations for food defense measures, requirements applying to records that must be established and maintained and Compliance. Vulnerability assessments, mitigation strategies, education/training, recordkeeping guidance are presented.
Companies required to establish food defense plans should be aware of the FDA’s developing guidance issues in order to establish competent plans and food defense systems.
Implementation of food defense plans will most likely require capital asset planning.
The rules are applicable to all foreign and domestic companies required to be registered with the FDA except farms, very small businesses, animal foods, alcoholic beverages and operations where the container that directly contacts the food remains intact (unopened).
The FDA FSMA Food Defense rules will require that all registered food supply entities follow all applicable FSMA rules. All proposed rules are now law and provide the FDA with full enforcement powers. All companies open to new FDA and Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement activities if there is evidence that the food operation does not comply with FSMA rules. The FDA fully intends to prosecute in the event of illness or death caused to humans.

Who should attend?

• Upper and Mid-level personnel from all registered food operations
• Food safety team members
• Food quality personnel
• Managers and supervisors in food operations
• Sanitation specialists and teams
• Food packing, processing, distribution and handling personnel
• Food ingredient suppliers
• Legal team members focused on food safety
• Food safety leads and implementation team members
• Maintenance operations personnel
• Food facility personnel
• Food importers whose food will be consumed in the U.S.
• Food security personnel
• Recall specialists
• US Food Importers and Exporters to the US
• Food Safety internal and external auditors and audit team members
• Shipper Supervisor and Managers
• Drivers
• Distribution center operations personnel
• Carrier and food transportation management
• Food Buyers and Supply Chain Qualifiers

Why should you attend?

You will be able to 
• Better understand the FDA’s intent for Food Defense Planning and Implementation
• Build your team 
• Review vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies
• Incorporate the company defense plan into your overall food safety plan
• Establish preventive controls
• Verify implementation of defense strategies (assure your plan is in place)
• Establish a preventive validation approach (prove your plan works)
• Develop procedures
• Document the process
• Protect your company and personnel from lawsuits

Faculty - Dr. John Ryan

Dr. John M. Ryan is currently working with various food and RFID/Traceability suppliers and a variety of sensor providers to implement an international RFID produce supply chain track and trace and food safety system between the State of Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific Region. He is a the quality assurance administrator over two branches within the department: Commodities and Measurement Standards which include labs used to test various processed foods and primary involvement with food safety. He previously implemented the nations' first RFID food traceability (farm-distribution-retail) project.


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