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Food Defense Customized Training

Intentional Adulteration Rule Training:

Receive all IA Rule training in a single class with personalized instruction and peer discussions to enhance understanding. Learn the breadth and interconnections of IA Rule requirements including how to:

  • Prepare a food defense plan
  • Conduct vulnerability assessments
  • Identify and explain mitigation strategies
  • Conduct reanalysis

The course includes instruction for all tasks where the IA Rule requires food defense qualified individuals conducting or overseeing these tasks to “have successfully completed training for the specific function at least equivalent to that received under a standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by FDA or be otherwise qualified through job experience to conduct the activities” (21 CFR 121.4(c)(2)). This training program may be held in the Twin Cities or at an optimal location for your organization including online distance learning formats.

Food Defense Training - 1/2 day to 5 day

The Food Defense Training programs are available for global stakeholders in government, law enforcement, academia, and food production, manufacturing, service, retail, and affiliated industries. These training programs can be tailored to specific stakeholder contexts and needs. All training programs may be held in the Twin Cities or at an optimal location for your organization including online distance learning formats.

Food Defense Training programs of varying lengths have been developed with current training opportunities including:

  • Food Defense Awareness - ½-day course focusing on introduction to food defense concepts
  • Basic Food Defense Training - 1, 2, or 3-day programs focusing on introduction to risk assessment, mitigation strategies, and food defense planning
  • Advanced Food Defense Training - 3, 4, or 5-day programs exploring detailed and context specific food defense risk and preparedness planning

Special Interest Courses

A variety of special interest courses are available including:

  • Economically motivated adulteration and food fraud
  • Supply chain resilience
  • Predictive analytics in food defense
  • Cybersecurity in food manufacturing
  • Food defense issues in cargo theft.

These courses are available in formats such as 1-hour informational webinars, online and interactive instructor-led training, and 1-day in-person training which may be held in the Twin Cities or at an optimal location for your organization.

Food Defense Online Courses

Food Defense in 15 provides food defense awareness training specifically for front line workers including employees, and their supervisors, working at actionable process steps that can be completed in 15 minutes.
Cost:  $15
Register here for English Version
Register here for Spanish Version

Hybrid Method of Vulnerability Assessments Mini CourseThe Hybrid Method Mini-Course teaches an efficient way to merge two types of vulnerability assessment approaches to meet the requirements in 21 CFR 121 - Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration. This course should take you approximately 1-hour to complete.
Cost:  $25
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Food defense online offered in partnership with Zosi

The Food Protection and Defense Institute is excited to announce our partnership with Zosi. Together we offer a robust library of online food defense training courses which include affordable options for employees at all levels – from manager to front line worker.

This new, exclusive food defense catalog builds on FPDI’s expertise in food defense and development and implementation of professional training programs. The food defense catalog helps meet various FDA intentional adulteration rule training requirements and allows companies to efficiently work towards compliance.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Food Defense Manager - Food Defense Manager provides food manufacturing professionals with the tools, tips, and real-life examples needed to develop and execute a successful Food Defense Plan so that their facility is prepared to handle intentional adulteration threats with confidence. This course satisfies the training requirement in 21 CFR 121.4(c)(2) of the IA Rule.
  • Food Defense Supervisor Awareness (English & Spanish) - Food Defense Supervisor Awareness offers front line food workers, their supervisors, and key stakeholders an expansive overview of food defense roles and activities, as well as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Complete with interactive exercises and applicable case studies presented in English and Spanish, this curriculum satisfies the training requirement in 21 CFR 121.4 (b)(2) of the IA Rule.
  • Food Defense in 15 - This brief online module teaches employees working at actionable process steps, and their supervisors, how to detect, report, and record intentional adulteration threats. This course satisfies satisfies the 21 CFR 121.4(B)(2) training requirement.


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Food Protection and Defense Institute

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