Food Defense Expertise
Our professionals include those who are FSPCA Food Defense certified and FPDI Trained/Certified in Food Defense, as well as an AIB Certified Food Defense Coordinator and ASIS International Food Defense and Agricultural Security Council member.
Additionally, BPS experts have facilitated many clients dealing with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Intentional Adulteration Rule (IA Rule). If you have IA Rule compliance requirements, contact us. After talking, we can provide a fixed proposal to you within 24 hours.
We are happy to share more about our food defense plan and food defense program development. Contact us today.
Security Consultant Services
Having worked with countless clients in the food, beverage and agricultural industries, BPS is well-situated to deal with the issues that can arise specific to your business. Let our professionals help:
- Raise security awareness among all your food facility personnel to prevent incidents that everyone wants to avoid
- Safeguard against brand integrity matters not covered by FSMA’s IA Rule
- Identify potential enhancements to hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) process flow charts
- Develop a food vulnerability assessment, complete with mitigation strategies
- Assess security risks unique to your site, including access points and security training
- Identify risk mitigation strategies
BPS experts know what steps you can take to keep your food and agricultural businesses, processes, people and products safe. Talk with us today.
Recent Contamination Incidents Or Near Misses
- Maine Probes Hannaford’s Delay in Reporting Pizza Dough Tampering
- Supermarket chain says razor was detected in pizza dough product in Maine in August; blames computer glitch for reporting delay
- Pizza dough tampering suspect back in Maine for court appearance Friday
- Police find deadly Cervejaria Baker beer contamination was an accident
- Man indicted, accused of urinating on ready-to-eat meat product in attempt to extort food manufacturer
- USDA mum on product tampering behind 96-ton snack sausage recall
- Man pleads guilty to urinating on Kellogg’s assembly line at Memphis plant
- Johnsonville Sausage worker gets 4 1/2 years in federal prison for tampered brats
- Smithfield Foods employee allegedly urinates on production line, costs company 50,000 pounds of product
- Needles in strawberries: Food expert says Government’s recall response not appropriate
- Johnsonville Sausage factory worker arrested for putting foreign objects into links
- Conviction for Chicken Contamination
- Poisoning Japanese food: Contract worker arrested after 6 mn products recalled
- Terror group seeks food poisoning strategy
- Would be terrorists researches food poison
- Alleged Terrorist works for food manufacturer
Food & Agriculture Security Resources
IA Rule Guidance – The FDA finally released the third installment of the Guidance under the IA Rule. As these documents came out in three installments, there are three disparate files. BPS has integrated the three documents into one for your convenience. View the IA Rule Guidance document.
Did you know that your company can be FDA compliant but still have major exposure to intentional audulteration? Learn more by viewing the article “How Companies are Coping with Intentional Adulteration Rule Enforcement” as seen in Food Engineering Magazine, January 6, 2020.
The food and beverage industry is under pressure to implement programs to mitigate the insider threat for intentional adulteration incidents with wide-scale public health impact. The article “Food Defense and the Insider Threat” by James T. Summers and Frank Pisciotta (Security Management, January 2020) addresses critical strategies in protecting the food and beverage supply from insider threats.
ASIS International Food Defense and Agriculture Security Council vice chair Frank Pisciotta shares insights in the July 2019 ASIS News article spotlighting the council.
Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration: Guidance for Industry is a resource to help you develop and implement a food defense plan in accordance with the IA rule’s requirements.
View the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) issued “final rule” requirements as part of the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Review the Regulatory Impact Analysis, Regulatory Flexibility Analysis and the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act Analysis of the FDA’s Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration.
The FSMA’s final intentional adulteration rule, released in May 2016, establishes a compliance framework for regulated facilities. Like counterterrorism laws for many industries, regulated facilities must prepare a security plan—in this case, a food defense plan—and conduct a vulnerability assessment to identify significant vulnerabilities that, if exploited, might cause widescale harm to public health, according to the FDA. The following article discusses the many elements of an effective food defense plan. “Raising the Bar: Food Defense” by Frank Pisciotta (Security Management, June 2018)
Your approach was sensible, practical, compliant and we believe the actionable process steps you identified were appropriate. We recognize that the IA Rule is by no means a perfect and complete solution to food defense, but your intimate knowledge of the regulation and the food industry allowed us to exclude process steps which were not legitimate risks thus saving us needless expense in an industry that can ill afford unnecessary costs.
It has been a pleasure working with your company and Steve D. and Frank have been a wonderful professional team.
BPS is our preferred security provider assisting PotashCorp to meet our endeavor to provide consistent effective security at our facilities across the globe, as well as our need for a firm that is fiercely independent and utilizes accepted methodologies for identifying security risks. I value the BPS team’s independence and vendor neutrality and would highly recommend them to any organization interested in providing the highest level of protection for people, assets and sensitive information.