We’re Committed to Guarding Against the Intentional Adulteration of Food and Implementing the New Rule Efficiently
The U.S. food supply is among the safest in the world. But to keep it safe we must recognize that our foods are vulnerable – not just from unintended contamination, but from those who would seek to deliberately do us harm.
Ensuring that we’re prepared to minimize the risk of an intentional attack on our food supply is a goal that we share with the food industry and consumers.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) charges FDA with addressing the burden of foodborne illness by requiring that producers, importers and distributors of food take systematic steps to prevent contamination. Congress passed FSMA with a view of the unique risks posed by a global food supply. Six of FDA’s seven “foundational rules” for FSMA focus on the safe production, storage, and transport of human and animal food by addressing conventional food safety hazards
But a different reality shapes the seventh rule on Intentional Adulteration. This provision seeks to prevent acts of terrorism meant to harm and kill many people.