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U.S. Food and Drug Administration - CFSAN - Food Defense Mitigation Strategies Database

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This guidance represents the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) current thinking on this topic. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if the approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations. If you want to discuss an alternative approach, contact the FDA staff responsible for implementing this guidance. If you cannot identify the appropriate FDA staff, call the appropriate telephone number listed on the title page of this guidance.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CFSAN, Department of Health and Human Services

Welcome to the Food Defense Mitigation Strategies Database. This database is one of several tools developed by the FDA for the food industry to help protect our nation’s food supply from intentional acts of contamination or tampering. Specifically, this resource is designed for companies that produce, process, store, package, distribute, or transport food or food ingredients. It provides a range of preventive measures that companies may choose to better protect their facility, personnel, and operations. These safety measures are specific to individual categories that impact every step of the food production and distribution process.

Not all measures are applicable or practical for all sizes and types of food production. It is the responsibility of the owner/operator/supervisor to choose those measures that may be helpful and appropriate for their facility.

Data can be accessed using two different methods.
  1. LOOKUP TOOL: Data can be searched by a specific item, or node, commonly used within commercial food production and distribution. First, select a food industry category from the provided list. Once the category is selected, a list of nodes will be provided to choose from. Once the node is chosen, select "GO" to view its safety objective(s) and steps that can be taken to ensure safety.
  2. SEARCH ENGINE TOOL: Data can be searched by a specific term or keyword. Similar to any search engine on the Web, type in the desired item to be found and select GO; a list of applicable items will be returned.

To begin, select a category and node from the drop down menus shown below, then click on the “Go” button. Alternatively, you may search for keywords using the search engine provided. (See Below)

You can access a specific Node Security Data Sheet by entering a keyword (i.e. mixing tank) into the text box. Then, select the "GO" button. The application will provide you with results that best match your keyword.