Tools & Educational Materials

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.

Food Defense 101 (including ALERT) 
The food industry plays an integral part in protecting the nation’s food infrastructure. Food Defense 101 provides training in preparedness against an intentional attack against our food supply. The courses provide an understanding of and guidance for developing a Food Defense Plan(s) based on a common sense approach. 

Food Defense Plan Builder
The Food Defense Plan Builder is a user-friendly software program designed to assist owners and operators of food facilities with developing personalized food defense plans for their facilities. This user-friendly tool harnesses existing FDA tools, guidance, and resources for food defense into one single application.

The Food Related Emergency Exercise Bundle (FREE-B) is a compilation of scenarios based on both intentional and unintentional food contamination events. 

Employees FIRST
Employees FIRST is an FDA initiative that food industry managers can include in their ongoing employee food defense training programs. Employees FIRST educates front-line food industry workers from farm to table about the risk of intentional food contamination and the actions they can take to identify and reduce these risks. 

See Something, Say Something™ Campaign
Documents highlighting indicators of suspicious activities and recommended protective measures for Food Service and Retail Food Establishments. Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. 

Mitigation Strategies Database
This 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. It provides a range of preventive measures that companies may choose to implement to better protect their facility, personnel, products, and operations.

National Agriculture and Food Defense Strategy (NAFDS) and FSMA WebApp
The NAFDS details specific food and agriculture defense goals, objectives, key initiatives, and activities that FDA, USDA, DHS, and other stakeholders plan to accomplish to meet the objectives outlined within FSMA. The FSMA WebApp is a tool that will be used to evaluate and monitor progress and determine whether any modifications are needed.

Research Reports


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