We focus on food defense and intentional adulteration through a variety of training opportunities and course offerings that address:

  • FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule training requirements
  • FSMA Preventive Controls Rule requirements regarding economically motivated adulteration
  • Increasing awareness of food defense on a global scale
  • Understanding and applying food defense principles
  • Identifying and mitigating food defense vulnerabilities
  • Creating tailored food defense plans



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Food Defense Intentional Adulteration Rule Training – 2 day

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 – ½ 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 – ½ day to 5 day

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 Supervisor Awareness eLearning course

The Food Defense Supervisor Awareness eLearning course is an hour-long course hosted by Alchemy Systems. The Food Protection and Defense Institute has exclusively partnered with Alchemy to deliver Food Defense Supervisor Awareness training. The self-paced eLearning course provides food defense concepts and an overview of FSMA requirements.This program is available in English and Spanish.

Food defense online mini-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 Course - The 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 Protection and Defense Institute

University of Minnesota
1365 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108 

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