The Food and Drug Administration has completed a new rule of food safety that will require food companies in the U.S.A. and abroad to take measures to prevent the deliberate adulteration of the food supply. This standard, which incorporates several significant revisions to the proposal of the FDA, provides greater flexibility and clarity and marks the last of the seven main rules of application of the basis of the Food Safety Modernization Act to be complete.
New Rule of Food Safety to Prevent Deliberate Adulteration of the Food Supply
For the first time, domestic and foreign food facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food will have to prepare and implement a written food defense plan that evaluates the important vulnerabilities to deliberate pollution, where the intention is to cause large-scale damage to public health. These facilities will also need to identify and implement strategies to minimize or prevent these vulnerabilities and to establish and implement procedures for monitoring food defense, corrective actions and verification activities.
This rule is effective from July 26th, 2016 with some exceptions.