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With FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule effective dates of July 2019 for large businesses, July 2020 for small and July 2021 for very small businesses, food defense has become critically important for all food facilities. A unique aspect of the IA Rule is the requirement to assess your facility and processes for vulnerabilities, and to implement mitigation strategies preventing potential “insider attacks” and “acts of terrorism” against the food supply. This Rule not only works to protect the public, it also benefits food businesses by protecting your brand. The IA Rule requires general awareness and specific training to employees and supervisors based on their roles, and the development of a Food Defense Plan that addresses significant vulnerabilities identified through a risk or vulnerability assessment, focused mitigation strategies, and monitoring, verification and corrective action procedures.


TAG Food Defense Services

Drawing from practical and cost-effective measures to minimize the risk of deliberate contamination, TAG’s leading Subject Matter Experts can assist your company in ensuring compliance with the intent of the IA Rule and effectively complement your efforts in developing, implementing and enhancing your food defense system.

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TAG Offers
  • Vulnerability assessments

  • Food Defense Plan preparation and assessments for gaps and solutions

  • Assistance with identification and implementation of mitigation strategies

  • Onsite penetration assessments testing the vigor of your plan

  • Food defense awareness and specialized training based on employee duties (including conducting vulnerability assessments using the Three Elements approach, which can only be taught in person from a VA lead instructor for which TAG has two of the few currently available worldwide)

TAG can deliver these services at all your company or supplier locations around the globe.

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Business Synergies

While preventing intentional contamination directed at causing wide-scale harm to public health should be the focus of the IA program, many of the mitigation strategies may also address the risk of tampering and economically motivated adulteration (EMA) required by FSMA’s Preventive Controls Rule. Additionally, the food defense program should not be an economic burden and should be less resource-intensive than the drafting and execution of a Food Safety Plan. In fact – your food safety efforts can support and be complementary to your food defense planning and execution due to potentially significant overlap. 

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Let TAG show you how capitalizing on those synergies can provide your company with a strong overall food protection strategy. 

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Intentional Adulteration
Food Defense

Industry Preparedness Report

From the

Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI)


The Acheson Group (TAG)

The Acheson Group (TAG) and the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) collaborated on a survey of food industry representatives to determine the extent of the food industry’s knowledge about, and preparedness for, the IA Rule.


The assessment of the 184 responses from self-identified food processors, manufacturers, and distributors who responded to the survey revealed several trends in the companies’ food defense training needs, occurrence of intentional adulteration incidents, and knowledge and use of Food Defense Plans.

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