IAPSC Member Frank Pisciotta, CSC authored the following article for Security Management, June 2018 issue:
Raising the Bar: Food Defense
New U.S. federal regulations require detailed vulnerability assessments to prevent the intentional adulteration of food. Here’s how to comply.
When the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed in 2011, it was the first regulatory recognition of intentional acts against the food supply in the United States. Among the FSMA's long list of changes—including the regulation of produce and updates to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) authorities—is a rule that emphasizes food defense and strengthens its efforts.
Food defense is the effort to protect food from acts of adulteration where there is an intent to cause harm. The FSMA's final intentional adulteration rule, released in May 2016, establishes a compliance framework for regulated facilities. Like counterterrorism laws for many industries, regulated facilities must prepare a security plan—in this case, a food defense plan—and conduct a vulnerability assessment to identify significant vulnerabilities that, if exploited, might cause widescale harm to public health, according to the FDA.
Read more: https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/Raising-the-Bar-Food-Defense.aspx