Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessment (IAVA) and Food Defense - Is your company proactive, or reactive?

The FDA final rule on Intentional Adulteration is one of several rules of law required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Because the FSMA is law, there are legal ramifications for non-compliance by any company involved in food production or handling. This can include seizure of company assets, arrest of corporate and production plant management, closure of the food production facility – and then the inevitable the loss of your company’s brand and reputation.

The Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) requires food production facilities to identify and protect their most vulnerable points against intentional adulteration. This includes vulnerabilities related to the transportation of bulk food ingredients.

The FDA states that it is the responsibility of the food production plant, not the carrier, for mitigating intentional adulteration vulnerabilities to the food cargo during transportation (see FD.4).

Preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale public health harm, which including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply and deliberate sabotage by disgruntled employees, should be the #1 priority of everyone involved in the food industry. A contaminated product unloaded at your facility does more than put your company’s brand and reputation at risk – it could also create a national health crisis.

Ensuring that your actions to mitigate Intentional Adulteration are proactive, not reactive, is critical to securing the movement of food materials in the supply chain. In order to effectively implement these mitigations, you need to have a dynamic, effective, easy-to-use system in place to ensure that the bulk ingredients unloaded at your facility were not adulterated in transit.

Surelock Seals provides that system. We are your Out of The Box solution for food traceability and security, offering both handheld and stationary RFID reader options to give you assurances the cargo was not adulterated during transit. Our patented double-locking RFID seals are attached to the trailer hatches after the bulk ingredient is loaded, and if tampered with  in transit, they will be permanently destroyed, informing you of possible adulteration.

With Surelock Seals, you know BEFORE you unload.

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