Food Defense Manager

8 Hours

Food Defense Manager Training Course - Zosi Learning

Languages Offered

Languages Offered

English (EN-US)

Please note: Subscription for this course ends six months from date of purchase.

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Discover the tools, tips, and tricks needed to develop and implement your facility’s food defense program. Developed with the Food Protection and Defense Institute at the University of Minnesota, Food Defense Manager provides a comprehensive walkthrough of procedures and assessments easily integrated into your existing practice. You’ll walk away with practical strategies to better understand, prevent, and manage intentional adulteration threats.

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  • Reinforce the difference between food security, food defense, food fraud, and food safety
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of food defense’s important role in protecting public health
  • Improve your knowledge of FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule
  • Build and integrate an effective Food Defense Plan
  • Meet FSMA and GFSI scheme (e.g. BRC, SQF, FSSC 22000) requirements


Learn industry best practices, glean real-world insights, and take away practical advice from Alchemy’s expert consultants. Topics covered include:
Module 1:
  • What Is Food Defense
Module 2:
  • FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule Overview
Module 3:
  • Food Defense Roles
Module 4:
  • Food Defense Risk Analysis Model
Module 5:
  • Food Defense Plans – Vulnerability Assessment by Key Activity Types
Module 6:
  • Food Defense Plans – Identification and Explanation of Mitigation Strategies
Module 7:
  • Food Defense Plans – Management Components
Module 8:
  • Food Defense Preparedness Programs
Who Should Register?

Who Should Register?

This course is best suited for food industry professionals who develop and implement their facility’s Food Defense Plan, mitigation strategies, and vulnerability assessments. Roles title may include:

  • Food Safety Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Production manager
  • Maintenance Manger
  • Supervisors


What is food defense?

You may be familiar with food safety — the actions and activities related to reducing exposure of food to naturally occurring, unintentional hazards like foodborne pathogens. Food defense, on the other hand, protects the food supply from intentional adulteration.

What is the difference between food fraud and food defense?

The difference between food fraud and food defense revolves around the intention. Food defense relates to acts intended to cause wide-scale public health harm. Perpetrators of food fraud do not seek to cause health harm. Instead, they aim to benefit financially from food adulteration.

What is the purpose of a food defense program?

A food defense program includes the actions required by regulation, like building a Food Defense Plan to create a more robust food defense system. The purpose of a food defense program is to create a consistent food defense culture that works to protect the food supply from dynamic and evolving acts of intentional adulteration.

Do I need food defense training?

In short, yes! Each facility covered by the IA rule must prepare, document, and implement a Food Defense Plan. What’s more, FSMA requires food defense awareness training for key personnel and supervisors working at actionable process steps.

When do facilities need to comply with the IA rule requirements?

Per the FDA, the IA Rule “applies to both domestic and foreign companies that are required to register with the FDA as food facilities under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act.”

Facilities covered by the IA rule include:

  • businesses with at least 500 full-time employees whose sales or market value of human food during the previous three-year period average at least $10 million
  • small businesses with fewer than 500 full-time employees that show similar market value

Does Food Defense Manager fulfill the requirement for certified Food Defense Qualified Individuals (FDQI)?

Food Defense Manager provides training to meet FSMA’s IA rule training requirement for FDQIs conducting the following tasks. Food Defense Manager is equivalent to the FDA standardized curriculum. These tasks include:

  • vulnerability assessment by key activity types
  • identification and explanation of mitigation strategies
  • preparation of the food defense plan
  • reanalysis
Instructor-led training for the three fundamental element vulnerability assessment (IAVA training) including hybrid assessment is coming soon from the Food Protection and Defense Institute.

What is a Food Defense Qualified Individual?

A Food Defense Qualified Individual must prepare their facility’s Food Defense Plan, conduct vulnerability assessments, identify and explain mitigation strategies, and perform reanalysis of the plan as appropriate. It is possible to use a group of FDQIs, or a single FDQI, to complete one or all of these tasks. These individuals understand how to implement IA Rule requirements and train employees on the necessary food defense procedures.

What is the difference between an FDQI and PCQI?

While an FDQI deals with the IA Rule and food defense plan, a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) is concerned with food safety under the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule. A PCQI develops, implements, and oversees a site’s food safety plan and its application.

Food Defense Manager

8 Hours
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