The FDA has finalized a new food safety rule under the landmark, bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent wide-scale public health harm by requiring companies in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply.
Food Defense is the effort to protect food from acts of intentional adulteration. In May 2016 FDA issued the final rule on Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration with requirements for covered facilities to prepare and implement food defense plans.
FDA works with the private sector and other government agencies on activities related to food defense, including conducting research and analysis, developing and delivering training and outreach, and conducting exercises. In addition, FDA has developed a number of tools and resources to help food facilities prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from acts of intentional adulteration of the food supply.
Tools & Resources
- Food Defense 101 (including ALERT)
- Food Defense Plan Builder
- Employees FIRST
- See Something, Say Something™ Campaign
- Mitigation Strategies Database
Education & Outreach
For general food defense information, please email email@example.com.
For general emergency preparedness and coordination information, please email CFSANEmergencyPreparednessandCoordination@fda.hhs.gov.
Registration of Food Facilities
Information on the requirement that owners, operators, or agents in charge of domestic or foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for consumption in the United States must register with FDA.
Prior Notice of Imported Foods
Information on the requirement that FDA receive prior notice before food is imported or offered for import into the United States.