Exporters of processed food and beverages to the US are urged to take note of the new food safety regulation introduced by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply. In general, most facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human consumption are required to comply with the new regulation within three to five years of the rule, depending on their size of business.

The rule is the seventh and final major rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and was published on May 27, 2016.

Food facilities will need to create a food defense plan to prevent or significantly minimize acts intended to cause wide-scale public health harm by developing mitigation strategies, identifying relevant personnel in charge if a crisis takes place, and comply with related documentation.

The regulation aims to improve mitigation strategies (risk-reducing) to further protect the food supply. Under the new rule, both domestic and foreign food facilities, are required to complete and maintain a written food defense plan that evaluates the potential vulnerabilities to deliberate contamination that can cause wide-scale public health harm.

Facilities must identify and implement mitigation strategies to address these vulnerabilities, establish food defense monitoring procedures and corrective actions, verify that the system is working, ensure that personnel assigned to these areas receive appropriate training, and maintain certain records.

If you have questions regarding how to comply, please contact info@register-fda.com or visit the U.S. FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) website.