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May 20, 2013

FDA releases new tool to help prevent intentional food contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a new tool to help bolster the food industry’s defense measures against an act of intentional food contamination. The Food Defense Plan Builder is a comprehensive, easy-to-use software program designed to help owners and operators of food facilities-ranging from primary production and manufacturing to retail and transportation-develop customized plans to minimize the risk of intentional contamination at their individual food facilities. The FDA does not require food facilities to implement food defense plans, but many facilities have voluntarily put such plans into place to safeguard their products. "The FDA is committed to providing best practices and resources to support industry as we pursue our shared goal of protecting our food supply," said FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor. "We strongly encourage companies to take full advantage of the Food Defense Plan Builder."  Read More

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