"The Rules are coming. The Rules are coming. One if by August, two if by September.”
-- Amy “Revere” Kircher
Release of the Food Safety Modernization Act rules seems to be part of every work conversation I have had in the last 45 days. Hypothesis about what is in the upcoming rules and lots of entertaining conversation and water cooler bets about when the rules will be released.
Above all the most frequent question we get from industry is, “What should we do to prepare for the new rules?” My first response is always assessment and education. In the context of intentional adulteration to include Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA), we suggest you pause and assess what your organization knows about the topic. Understand what you already have in place. Investigate who is trained and practiced in the concepts of Food Defense. The next step is to think about, which positions have food defense responsibilities. Perhaps there is one individual to manage programs however there may be many that need to understand the concepts and practice of Food Defense.
A quick review of training records will help you know if you may have “qualified” individuals within your group. Where there are gaps between those positions identified as having food defense responsibilities and persons trained, start thinking about the type and depth of training you want your Food Defenders to have. FDA has some great training on their site for front line employees as well as others. For those colleagues that need a more in depth and foundation education in Food Defense, send them to us.
We offer both training onsite at the University of Minnesota as well as customized training for organizations at their location of choice. Check out the highlighted topics during our next Food Defense Certification Course being held October 14-15 in Minneapolis, MN below:
Food Defense Certification Course
The National Center for Food Protection and Defense will be hosting a Food Defense Certification Course that will equip your company with the knowledge and skills to:
• Foresee Food Defense Threats and Vulnerabilities
• Protect Your Brand from Intentional Adulteration
• Prepare for Upcoming Regulations
Food Defense Topics Include:
• Food Defense Introduction and Global Importance
• Threats to the Food System and Vulnerability Assessments
• Policy and Regulation
• Recovery and Consequence Management
• Surveillance and Detection
• Customized Food Defense Plans
We look forward to the impending release of these rules and as always, drop us line if you have any questions or comments at email@example.com.
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Amy Kircher, DrPH is the Director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, A Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Follow Dr. Kircher on Twitter @FoodDefender for the latest news and information on what is happening in the food protection and defense world!