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Food Defense 101: Understanding Food Defense Roles and Stakeholders

Different professionals from the public and private sectors contribute to food defense. Many of the familiar stakeholders involved in food safety incidents will be required in a food defense incident, but because intentional adulteration is a crime or an act of terror, additional groups will need to be engaged.

Food Defense 101: Key Activity Types

Food processors who fall under the Intentional Adulteration Rule (IA Rule) must conduct a vulnerability assessment as part of their food defense plan. A vulnerability assessment measures potential public health impact (e.g. severity and scale), degree of physical access to the product, and the ability of an inside attacker to successfully adulterate your products.

Understanding Food Defense Risk Analysis

What is Food Defense Risk Analysis?

Risk analysis is a process that helps manufacturers identify and manage potential problems in their process or facility. A food defense risk analysis model has three components: risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication. Risk assessment refers to rating the severity and likelihood of a certain hazard or threat. Risk management refers to making decisions […]

Arming Your Employees to Prevent Food Fraud

Food fraud is the deception of consumers using food products, ingredients and packaging for economic gain.  Although food fraud has only recently received heightened attention, it’s been around a long time.

Food Defense Qualified Individual: Everything You Need to Know

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) regulation, commonly referred to as the IA Rule, covered facilities must develop and implement a food defense plan.

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Food Safety, Security, and Defense in the COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 cases soar across the country again, we’re reminded not only of the impacts pandemics can have on the healthcare system, but also on the food industry as a whole.

Food Defense 101: The Three Types of Food Defense Threat Motivations

Intentional adulteration is only carried out after careful study and preparation by an attacker – is your food defense program equally prepared to address such acts?

Recognize the Difference Between Food Defense and Food Safety

Can you spot the difference between food safety and food defense? While both have an important place in your facility, each presents distinct characteristics and consequences.