Food Defense

The safety of the U.S. Food Supply requires close coordination between food manufacturing and processing facilities, carriers, retailers, and FDA. As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), both domestic and foreign companies are required to address vulnerabilities in their operations in order to prevent any nefarious acts which could cause large-scale harm against the U.S. food supply, creating a Food Defense plan.

The Food Defense rules provide a foundation for prevention as directed by FSMA and each facility covered by this rule are required to prepare and implement a written and actionable food defense plan:

  • Protect against intentional adulteration
  • Improved standards for produce safety
  • Foreign supplier verification program for importers
  • Third party accreditation auditors to conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign facilities which supply food for human and animal consumption.

EAS consultants, experts in food defense, food safety and developing effective import procedures, can help companies to comply with proposed FDA regulations in the preparation of:

  • Prepare actionable process steps to identify facility specific vulnerabilities
  • Prepare strategies to mitigate the identified risks of adulteration of foods
  • Establish and implement focused mitigation procedures, including the frequency with which they are to be performed
  • Determine any necessary corrective actions
  • Develop steps to verify appropriate monitoring of activities, mitigation strategies, and corrective actions
  • Appropriate training of personnel and supervisors
  • Establish and maintain appropriate record keeping protocols including the written food defense plan; records documenting monitoring, verification activities and corrective actions, and documentation related to the training of personnel.