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FSMA I.A. Rule/FDQI Compliant Food Defense, Crisis Management, and Active Shooter/Assailant Certificate Course (2-day)

2 Day Course

Day 1 

•    Food Defense Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow! 

•    Situational Response: Product Tampering & Threat Response Workshop 

•    Understating the New Face of Crime and Terrorism

•    FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) (Key Activity Types, Corrective Actions, Monitoring Critical Areas) 

•    Developing Your Facility General Food Defense Plans and Programs    


    FDA Food Defense Plan Builder

    Emergency Evacuations

    Bomb/Threat Response Procedures

    Proper Mail Handling-US Postal Service Training Guidelines

    Chemical Storage Security

    Warehouse Security 

    Visitor and Contractor Policies

    Cargo & Transportation Security

    Key, Lock and Seal Control

    CCTV & Card Access Systems 

    Shipping/Receiving Security

    Natural Disasters/Weather Emergency Preparedness

    Security Guard Personnel      


•    Conducting Security Vulnerability Assessments

•    Facility Vulnerability Assessment Workshop and/or Review of Your Facility Vulnerability Assessment 


Day 2 

•    Handling Crisis Management and Hostile Situations

•    Crisis Management Workshop

•    Active Shooter Response, Readiness and Alert Response

•    Active Shooter Video-Run, Hide, Fight

•    Workplace Violence Programs

6-Hour Food Defense Qualified Individual Virtual Course

Virtual/Online Instruction with Live Instructor

Virtual/Online FDQI FSMA o    


Module One:  

The Goals of FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule


Module Two: 

Food Defense Engaging Workshop

What do you do in the event of an increased threat announcement to the food supply? General Discussion. 

Food Defense Workshop: What do you do in the event of an increased threat announcement to the food supply? General Discussion.


Module 3: 

Unboxing IA Rule 21 CFR Part 121

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act rule: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) (IA Rule) requires that covered facilities develop and implement a food defense plan that protects the facility’s most vulnerable points from acts of intentional adulteration intended to cause wide scale public health harm. The points in a facilities operation that have these significant vulnerabilities are called “actionable process steps”. According the IA rule, individuals assigned to work at actionable process steps and their supervisors, are required to receive training in food defense awareness (21 CFR 121.4(b)(2)). This “Food Defense Awareness for the Intentional Adulteration Rule” is designed specifically for those individuals and will meet the food defense awareness training requirement within the IA rule. It is important to note that the training requirement in the IA rule is flexible, and individuals may choose this training or a similar food defense awareness training to satisfy this requirement.


Module 4: 

Food Defense Qualified Individuals: 

Understanding the requirements. Training, experience and educational requirements are discussed. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule on Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) (IA Rule) regulation is intended to protect food from intentional acts of adulteration where there is an intent to cause wide scale public health harm. The regulation requires covered facilities to conduct a vulnerability assessment (VA) to identify actionable process steps (21 CFR 121.130). The regulation further requires that individuals conducting or overseeing the conduct of a VA “have successfully completed training for the specific function at least equivalent to that received under a standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by FDA or be otherwise qualified through job experience to conduct the activities” (21 CFR 121.4(c)(2)).


Module 5: 

Process Flow Diagrams & Identifying Actionable Process Steps 

Please have available a copy of your process flow diagram for discussion and review. Utilizing your process flow diagram as a guide when developing Actionable Process Steps identifying vulnerabilities in the production process. 


Module 6: 

Conducting Your Vulnerability Assessment Utilizing the Key Activity Type (KAT) Hybrid Method 

This training course is targeted towards food professionals using FDA’s Key Activity Type (KAT) method to conduct their facility’s vulnerability assessment (VA). By successfully completing this course, the learner will have satisfied the training requirement to conduct a VA using the KAT method.


Module 7: 

FDA Strategic Mitigation Strategies Database

Assigning Mitigation Strategies to your vulnerabilities

Please bring or have your laptop or mobile device available to access the internet. 


Module 8: Vulnerability Assessment Workshop (Please have your mobile device or laptop available)


Module 9: Corrective Actions, Reanalysis and building your Food Defense Plans


Module 10: 

Advanced Vulnerability Assessment Training for FDQI

Utilizing the FDA’s Strategic Mitigation Strategies Database 


Module 11:

Writing the Food Defense Plan using the FDA Food Defense Plan Builder


Module 12: 

Practical Examination: Identifying and suggesting mitigation strategies. 


Module 13: 

Written examination required for FDQI Certification. *(60 questions)

“StreetSmart for the Front Line” 
Front Line Employee, Receptionist and Office Worker Food Defense Awareness and Active Shooter/Assailant Readiness

1.5 hour Course Online or Onsite

•    Protecting yourself to and from work or play. Things you can do to be safe…not sorry!  

•    What makes a person "suspicious" and what are some warning signs to look for to identify him/her. 

•    Conducting "mini-vulnerability" assessments in your work area. Spotting the trouble and taking action! 

•    How to make a "friendly and helpful" approach to a suspicious or unknown person at your facility

•    How to quickly "scan" for a valid driver's license or other credentials 

•    An in-depth discussion of your facilities visitor’s policies, contractors and other guest’s policies 

•    Understanding parking and other security policies at your facility. 

•    Understanding why "Piggybacking" or “Tailgating” can be dangerous!  

•    Understanding facility evacuations.

•    Active shooter threat response and self-protection. Learn how to be safe...not sorry! 

•    Video: Run, Hide, Fight. 

Level 2 Advanced Food Defense/Product Tampering Investigations

1/2 day Online/Virtual Course

Learn how to conduct an internal tampering investigation

o    Learn how to gather, process and maintain the integrity of evidence

o    Learn techniques of interviewing, body language and methods to detect deception

o    Learn how to conduct online searches for information 

o    Learn Cybersecurity and Social Media Response and Protections

o    Understanding visitor management, card access and cctv systems

o    Advanced Active Shooter/Assailant Readiness Procedures to Implement

o    Cargo Security and preventing unlawful transportation of drugs and contraband in shipments

o    Updates on the Intentional Adulteration Rule Regulations

o    Learn new mitigation strategies-industry best practices that comply with the IA Rule of FSMA

o    Much, much more! 

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