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FDA Announces Food Defense Mitigation Strategies Database

Food Basket

Center for Food Safety
and Applied Nutrition - Food and Drug Administration

March 23, 2011

On March 23, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted the Food Defense Mitigation Strategies Database (MSD). The new database is one of several tools developed by the FDA for the food industry to help protect our nation’s food supply from deliberate acts of contamination or tampering. This resource is designed for companies that produce, process, store, package, distribute, and/or transport food or food ingredients. The MSD provides a range of preventive measures that companies may choose to implement to better protect their facility, personnel, products, and operations.

In the MSD, the recommended safety measures are organized into categories and sub-categories called nodes that address each step of the food production and distribution process.

Some of the categories in the database are:

  • Materials
  • Packaging
  • Processing
  • Storage

The nodes (i.e., critical points, and/or steps) under each category provide a range of preventive measures that pertain to one specific aspect of food production and distribution.

For example, some of the nodes under the category Retail Food Service are:

  • Finished Product Storage
  • Food Bar
  • Retail Display
  • Returned/Reshopped Products