FDA Releases Industry Guidance on Food Protection

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The Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance to industry on how companies can comply with regulations to protect food from intentional adulteration.

The 94-page guidance, called “Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food against Intentional Adulteration: Guidance for Industry” is open for comment for six months, or until about mid-December.

The FDA said the draft guidance includes these chapters:

  • The Food Defense Plan;
  • Vulnerability Assessment to Identify Significant Vulnerabilities and Actionable Process Steps;
  • Mitigation Strategies for Actionable Process Steps;
  • Mitigation Strategies Management Components: Food Defense Monitoring; and 
  • Food Defense Plan Worksheets.

The FDA said it will make available for public comment additional and expanded chapters of the draft guidance as they are completed.