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Food Safety – IAVA – Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessment

November 15 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm


11/15/2023 + 11/16/2023

This course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of conducting a vulnerability assessment under the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration regulation (referred to as the IA rule) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FSA). The IA rule is aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. Successful completion of this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “food defense qualified individual” responsible for conducting a vulnerability assessment.

About Course:

Food Defense? Intentional Adulteration (IA)? What is the difference?

FDA-The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule is aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. Such acts, while not likely to occur, could cause illness, death, economic disruption of the food supply absent mitigation strategies. Rather than targeting specific foods or hazards, this rule requires mitigation (risk-reducing) strategies for processes in certain registered food facilities. The proposed rule was issued in December 2013. The changes in the final rule are largely designed to provide either more information, where stakeholders requested it, or greater flexibility for food facilities in determining how they will assess their facilities, implement mitigation strategies, and ensure that the mitigation strategies are working as intended. In developing the rule, FDA interacted with the intelligence community and considered vulnerability assessments conducted in collaboration with the food industry. While acts of intentional adulteration may many other forms, including acts of disgruntled employees or economically motivated adulteration, the goal of this rule is to prevent acts intended to cause wide-scale harm. Economic adulteration is addressed in the final preventive controls rules for human and animal foods.

USDA-Food Defense is the protection of food products from contamination or adulteration intended to cause public health harm or economic disruption. In collaboration with partners and stakeholders across government, industry, and academia, FSIS continues to implement an aggressive program to build a resilient U.S. food infrastructure with the ability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from intentional adulteration of our food supply. The mission of the FSIS Food Defense Program is to protect the U.S. food supply from dynamic and evolving threats.

In this comprehensive one day class we will cover the following:

  • FDA and USDA Food Defense content requirements
  • FDA’s IA regulation and KAT methodology to preform Vulnerability Assessments (VA) and mitigation strategies
  • Mock scenarios to make food defense plan outlines and an inside attacker example relatable to your manufacturing environment
  • Review regulation requirements for FDA and USDA for documentation and record program requirements


No class currently scheduled? Contact Kathleen Baldwin to schedule a class today! Kbaldwin@njmep.org


November 15
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm




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11/15 + 11/16: Food Safety - IAVA - Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessment
$ 400.00
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