Dear Colleagues --
“Intentional Adulteration” (IA) is one of the seven foundation rules under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). It was designed to help prevent or eliminate deliberate contamination of the food supply with biological, chemical—including radiological—or physical hazards to cause widespread illness or death.
UNPA today received an announcement from the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA):
a free training course on IA! It was prepared by FSPCA, which was established through a grant from FDA. It is tasked with training and education of the industry for FSMA rules and is the same group that certifies our PCQI and FSVP training.
The IA course is short and will take you about 20-30 minutes to complete, utilizing 40 slides. There are three modules, including an overview, implementation of the intentional adulteration rule and your roles and responsibilities. At the end of each module there is a short quiz. At the end of the presentation, you will receive a certificate.
The presentation will help you understand the IA rule, including food defense plans, how to identify significant vulnerabilities, mitigation strategies, training requirements of employees and supervisors working at actionable process steps and your roles and responsibilities.
Per the announcement received today from FSPCA:
“The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act rule: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) (IA Rule) requires that covered facilities develop and implement a food defense plan that protects the facility’s most vulnerable points from acts of intentional adulteration intended to cause wide scale public health harm. The points in a facilities operation that have these significant vulnerabilities are called “actionable process steps”. According the IA rule, individuals assigned to work at actionable process steps and their supervisors, are required to receive training in food defense awareness (21 CFR 121.4(b)(2)). This “Food Defense Awareness for the Intentional Adulteration Rule” is designed specifically for those individuals and will meet the food defense awareness training requirement within the IA rule. It is important to note that the training requirement in the IA rule is flexible, and individuals may choose this training or a similar food defense awareness training to satisfy this requirement.
This curriculum was developed in partnership with the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), Intentional Adulteration Subcommittee (IA Subcommittee). Development was assisted by the International Food Protection Training Institute with funding from the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided by the FSPCA is for training purposes only and does not create binding obligations for FDA or industry. This course is intended as a training tool to assist companies in complying with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act rule: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) (IA Rule); however, taking this training does not ensure compliance with the law or FDA’s regulation.”
To take the course, use on the link: https://www.ifsh.iit.edu/fspca/courses/intentional-adulteration and then click on the “Launch the Course” button.
We hope you find this helpful.
V.P. Global Regulatory and Compliance