FDA issued a final rule on Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration in May 2016. The agency intends to update its tools and educational materials to align with the relevant provisions of the final rule.
The Food Defense Mitigation Strategies Database (FDMSD) is a tool designed to assist owners, operators or agents in charge of companies that produce, process, store, package, distribute, and/or transport food with identifying preventive measures to protect the food against intentional adulteration. The FDMSD provides a range of mitigation strategies for individuals to consider implementing at points, steps or procedures to minimize the vulnerability to an intentional attack.
The mitigation strategies within the database represent a variety of measures that may not be appropriate for all situations. Some mitigation strategies listed within the database should be used in conjunction with other strategies to be effective, while other strategies may be effective and appropriate as stand-alone measures. These strategies are specific to categories, subcategories and process steps covering many aspects of the food production and distribution process, but may not represent an exhaustive list of all steps in a food process, or all possible mitigation strategies. Not all strategies are applicable or practical for all sizes and types of food production. It is the responsibility of the owner, operator or agent in charge to choose the strategy or combination of strategies that are most effective and appropriate for their facility.
If you have questions, please email FoodDefense@fda.hhs.gov.
FDA has taken all reasonable precautions in creating the Food Defense Mitigation Strategies Database (version 1.0). However, FDA is not responsible for errors, omissions or deficiencies regarding the tool and the accompanying documentation. The Food Defense Mitigation Strategies Database is being made available “as is” and without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of performance, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose. FDA and its contractors are not making a commitment in any way to regularly update the database.
It is the responsibility of the owner, operator or agent in charge to choose the strategy or combination of strategies that are most effective and appropriate for their facility. Some strategies listed within the database are meant to be implemented in conjunction with other strategies or in tandem with other food defense policies and procedures. Choosing and following strategies within this database does not constitute compliance with any FDA laws, regulations, or guidance.
Further, in no event shall FDA be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from the use, misuse, or inability to use the database.
Third parties' use of or acknowledgment of the database does not in any way represent that FDA endorses such third parties or expresses any opinion with respect to their statements.