Writing Your Own Food Defense Plan


Step three in developing a food defense plan

 All vendors providing processed foods to

USDA federal feeding programs must be in compliance with the Food Defense System.

 Vulnerability assessment

 Map of facility

 Operational documents

 HACCP plan

 SOP or GMP

 BQA or PQA plans

 Designate a food defense coordinator to develop, implement and maintain the Food

Defense Plan

Courtesy of Food Technology magazine, from "Defending the Food

Supply," August 2005, Vol. 59, No.8.

Food Technology is a publication of the Institute of Food Technologists, www.ift.org


 Describe each vulnerability specifically.

 Decide if the vulnerability is practical to address.

 Determine a countermeasure.

 Decide who will be responsible to implement the countermeasure.

 Choose a reasonable timeline for implementation.

 Initial and date plan when implementation of countermeasure is completed.

 Review and revise the plan to accommodate new and newly elevated risks

 Train the employees regarding their effort in:

 Prevention

 Detection

 Response

 Test the countermeasures after implementation

 Make unannounced entrances at various checkpoints

 Check locks in vulnerable areas

 Perform a mock recall

 Test inventory procedures

 Re-evaluate the plan annually or as products, processes or facilities change.

 Copies of the plan should be kept on-site and off-site.