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System Requirements

User's computer configuration must meet the minimum requirements outlined in the table below in order for the Food Defense Plan Builder tool to operate correctly.

Components Minimum Recommended
Computer 2.80 GHz 3.0 GHz
RAM 512 MB 1000 MB (1 GB)
Hard Disk Space 100 MB 125 MB
Operating System Windows XP Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
Graphics Card VGA VGA

Legal Disclaimer

The Food Defense Plan Builder v. 1.0 is a user-friendly tool designed to help owners and operators of food facilities develop a personalized food defense plan. A food defense plan is the written document that records the practices implemented to control/minimize the risk of an intentional contamination incident. Having a food defense plan can reduce the overall vulnerability of a facility’s food operation, and therefore, in the aggregate, reduce vulnerability of the nation’s food supply, to intentional contamination. Although the content of the Food Defense Plan Builder v. 1.0 is consistent with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) existing guidance and regulations, use of the Food Defense Plan Builder by owners and operators of food facilities does not mean that their food defense response protocols, procedures, and plans are approved by or comply with FDA requirements. The Food Defense Plan Builder v. 1.0 is a desktop tool that resides only on the user's computer. FDA does not track or monitor its use and does not have access to any content or documents saved using this tool.

FDA has taken all reasonable precautions in creating the Food Defense Plan Builder v. 1.0 and the documentation accompanying it. However, FDA is not responsible for errors, omissions or deficiencies regarding the tool and the accompanying documentation. The Food Defense Plan Builder and the accompanying documentation are available for download “as is” and without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of performance, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose. FDA is not making a commitment in any way to regularly update the tool and the accompanying documentation.

Responsibility for the interpretation and use of the Food Defense Plan Builder v. 1.0 and of the accompanying documentation lies solely with the user. In no event shall FDA be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, exemplary or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this software, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.

Third parties' use of or acknowledgment of the tool and its accompanying documentation does not in any way represent that FDA endorses such third parties or expresses any opinion with respect to their statements.