Terms & Conditions: Food Defense Readiness Assessment

The Food Defense Readiness Assessment (FDRA 2.0) is a FSMA self-assessment tool developed and maintained by the Regents of the University of Minnesota on behalf of its Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), a Department of Homeland Security S&T Center of Excellence, and is available for purchase from FPDI’s website and resides on the protected web portal www.FoodSHIELD.org.   

FDRA 2.0 is intended to assist food facilities in understanding, assessing level of readiness, and implementing mitigation strategies described in the Intentional Adulteration and EMA provisions of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and its subsequent final rules.  Readiness scores generated from the assessment are not intended to determine FSMA regulatory compliance.  The content of the assessment and report references do not represent the opinions or regulatory authority of the FDA or U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Access Requirements and Limitations

  • The tool has been designed to assess readiness of an individual facility.  Businesses comprised of multiple facilities should purchase and complete an individual assessment for each facility at the cost $99.95 per facility.  This fee is non-refundable. For companies with more than three facilities, please contact the FDRA coordinator for the facilities package discount.
  • The personal FDRA 2.0 readiness report is available at the time of submission as a one-time-only download or as an email attachment.
  • Included in the purchase price is an optional 30-minute follow-up telephone conversation with a FPDI staff expert to discuss assessment results. The call is available upon request for up to 90 days from date of FDRA 2.0 purchase.
  • The survey may not be shared, reproduced or disseminated without the expressed written permission of FPDI.

Data Confidentiality

Information entered by a facility will be available to the individual user and FoodSHIELD system administrator only. If the user schedules a follow-up telephone discussion with FPDI staff, the user may give FPDI permission to access the individual’s readiness report for discussion purposes only. In addition, FPDI reserves the right to access de-identified FDRA facility data for research purposes and/or for the development of educational programs for food system professionals. All oral or published summaries of research findings will be presented in such a way as to protect the anonymity of participating facilities.

Use of University Name

Use of University name, logos and other marks of the University, or of any University employee in any publicity, advertising, or news release without the prior written approval of an authorized representative of University is prohibited.


FPDI is not responsible for errors, omissions or deficiencies regarding the tool and the accompanying readiness report.  Further, in no event shall FPDI be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from the use, misuse, or inability to use of the assessment tool or report summary.  Neither the U.S. Government nor the FPDI assumes any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, products, or processes disclosed herein, or represents that use of such information, products, or processes would not infringe on privately owned rights. FPDI gives no express or implied warranties, including but not limited to, any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use.

The information provided in the Food Defense Readiness Assessment 2.0 and Readiness Report do not necessarily state or reflect the perspective of the U.S. Government and the information may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. Further, FPDI does not endorse or insure the accuracy of any products, processes, or services cited in the FDRA Report.

Applicable Law and Jurisdiction:  Minnesota law, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these terms and conditions. Any dispute relating to this Agreement shall be heard in state court in Hennepin County, Minnesota and you consent to jurisdiction in such courts for this purpose.