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#1 larissaj

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:05 PM

Hello,

 

New manager here for the QA department at my company, I came in with a HACCP cert and just did PCQI training, I keep seeing something that FDA will get harder on Food Defense so im wondering if I should take a Food Defense training. I have been in the food industry for about 7 years so its not like I know nothing but still, just trying to figure out what they may want in a company. 



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Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:50 PM

Yes, they will unless you are exempt.

 

https://www.fda.gov/...al-adulteration

 

https://www.ifsh.iit...019-03-22.pdf 

Notice the asterisk at the bottom of the page - *These courses satisfy the training requirements in section 121.4 of the IA Rule.


Edited by KfromIA, 20 May 2019 - 06:50 PM.


#3 nwilson

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:54 PM

https://www.ifsh.iit...al-adulteration .  You can always start here, some of these courses are free too.  



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Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:55 PM

It depends whether you fall under the guidance, but if so, yes, the FDA requires different levels of training (or experience) depending upon role, etc.  Ref: 21 CFR 121.4(b)(2))

 

A couple of resources for you:

 

FSMA's IA rule home (where you can get resources to determine if you are under the rule): https://www.fda.gov/...al-adulteration

 

Article from April 2019 outlining a lot of the FDA's current thinking, etc.: https://www.fda.gov/...-acts-terrorism

 

"The" authorized IA training source: https://www.ifsh.iit...al-adulteration

 

Some Food Defense specific FDA resources: https://www.fda.gov/...ional-materials

 

I hope that this helps somehow.

 

Good luck,

Todd

 

PS: Guess I need to type faster; answers above.   ;)


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Posted 20 May 2019 - 07:03 PM

Thanks everyone!



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Posted 20 May 2019 - 07:55 PM

FSPCA FOOD DEFENSE AWARENESS FOR THE IA RULE

  • Delivery Format: Online course.
  • Estimated Seat Time: 20-30 minutes. There is a 4-hour inactivity time-out, so once started,...
  • Certificate: An FSPCA Certificate of Completion is issued at the end of the course...
  • Cost: Free.
ucfoodsafety.ucdavis.edu/Upcoming_Training/?calitem=412640&g=88440

 

 

You can always take this course for free.



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#7 kfromNE

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 08:44 PM

 

FSPCA FOOD DEFENSE AWARENESS FOR THE IA RULE

  • Delivery Format: Online course.
  • Estimated Seat Time: 20-30 minutes. There is a 4-hour inactivity time-out, so once started,...
  • Certificate: An FSPCA Certificate of Completion is issued at the end of the course...
  • Cost: Free.
ucfoodsafety.ucdavis.edu/Upcoming_Training/?calitem=412640&g=88440

 

 

You can always take this course for free.

 

 

I did see this though my interpretation is if you are the individual in your facility responsible for conducting or overseeing the plan i.e. preparing the food defense plan, the vulnerability assessment, the identification and explanation of mitigation strategies and reanalysis  (see below or pg 20 - https://www.fda.gov/...105742/download) then you would need additional training and Food Defense Awareness wouldn't suffice .

 

From IFT's website - the Food Defense Awareness training is designed for "workers at actionable process steps and supervisors of workers at actionable process steps"  so not the individual(s) conducting or overseeing.

https://www.ifsh.iit..._2019-03-22.pdf

 

For them they'll need one of the other 4 courses mentioned on the IFT website under the heading "FSPCA Rule Standardized Curriculum Recognized by the FDA" or equivalent  -

Sources: see IFT course cheat sheet above and https://www.fda.gov/...113684/download - part C - pgs. 107-108



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Posted 20 May 2019 - 09:29 PM

I have taken the course through the Illinois Institute of Technology, but I need to get this course to my operators. The issue is most of them only speak Spanish. Does anyone know if there is a version of this training available in Spanish? As some have said, this is the only FDA approved training so my employees will need this specific training.  



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Posted 21 May 2019 - 01:30 PM

I have taken the course through the Illinois Institute of Technology, but I need to get this course to my operators. The issue is most of them only speak Spanish. Does anyone know if there is a version of this training available in Spanish? As some have said, this is the only FDA approved training so my employees will need this specific training.  

 

I have not seen one but this training by the FDA is in multiple languages. https://www.fda.gov/...employees-first







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