FDA Finalizes Rule to Protect Food Supply Against Intentional Contamination

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a new food safety rule that will help further protect the food supply in the United States. The rule will require both domestic and foreign food facilities to complete and maintain a written food defense plan, assessing their potential vulnerabilities for risk of deliberate contamination where the intent is to cause wide-scale public health harm. More specifically, facilitates will have to “establish food defense monitoring procedures and corrective actions, verify that the system is working, ensure that personnel assigned to the vulnerable areas receive appropriate training and maintain certain records.”

This is the seventh major rule finalized to implement the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and advances FDA’s efforts to protect foods from farm to table.

A webinar is planned for June 21, 2016 to present key pieces of the final rule.

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About Anastasia Sonneman

Anastasia Sonneman serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in environmental health, health and disability, and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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