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1 Jason P. Bashura, MPH, RS Senior Food Defense Analyst Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff CFSAN / Office of Analytics and Outreach New Tools for Food Defense and Risk Reduction

2 “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” Winston Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” Dwight D. Eisenhower (14 October 1890 – 28 March 1969) “I love it when a plan comes together.” - Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, The A-Team (1984ish?) Quotable Quotes:

3 Quotable Quotes from the last few days: “Create or obtain educational materials that are appealing to our operators.” “We don’t want to duplicate efforts and reinvent the wheel.” “Delivery of actionable, relevant information to interested stakeholders.” “FSMA FOT is an example of good govt., as there’s an acronym within an acronym.” “We’re all so busy that we didn’t have time to work on these charges.” “We can’t keep reinventing the wheel.” “People were still getting sick after the recall. We obviously have to do a better job.” “Collaboration accelerates innovation.” “She’s a 5’1” tall 81 y/o Italian woman. I’m not sure what she says to these guys, but they pay.” “Counterfeiters attend anti-counterfeiting conferences.” “Obtain and analyze more data faster.” But, my favorite was…..

4 “… like a wheelbarrow full of frogs.” Bob Ehart

5 Resources (tools) and Training

6 Food Defense Plan Builder Tool Food Defense 101 Food Defense Awareness Workshops Food Related Emergency Exercise – Bundle: New scenario content Recent Workshop Grant Awards Sign up to receive Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff updates


8 Food Defense Plan Builder

9 Background: Why FDPB? 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (Sec 103, 105, 106) Identify and evaluate hazards that may be intentionally introduced, including by acts of terrorism 2009-2012 FDA/USDA international workshops Microsoft Excel version field tested and used by government, industry, and academic partners internationally

10 Food Defense Plan Builder User-friendly, stand-alone desktop application Guides users through the steps to develop a Food Defense Plan Company Information Broad Mitigation Strategies Vulnerability Assessment Focused Mitigation Strategies Emergency Contacts Action Plan Supporting Documents

11 Food Defense Plan Builder FDA will not track or have access to documents or any content saved by users of the Food Defense Plan Builder Drafts a formatted Food Defense Plan and stores supporting documents in a single application Content will align with FDA guidance and regulations, as appropriate Tool can be used to develop templates for certain commodities or facilities Individual companies can customize content with company-specific requirements

12 Content Harnesses existing FDA tools and resources into one single application Food Defense Guidance CARVER + Shock Vulnerability Assessment Tool Mitigation Strategies Database





17 Initial Industry Feedback Two industry focus groups were held to get feedback on the beta Food Defense Plan Builder –November 1, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN –December 12, 2012 in Washington, DC

18 Food Defense Domestic Workshops The goal of the full-day workshop is to provide the food industry with an understanding of food defense, the tools and resources available, and to walk participants through a series of exercises on how to create a food defense plan. Much of the day will be spent introducing the FDA’s Food Defense Plan Builder software program.

19 Completed Workshops: May 28, 2013 – Pleasanton, CA May 30, 2013 – Fresno, CA June 4, 2013 – San Juan, PR MORE COMING SOON… Chicago, Las Vegas, Nashville, New Mexico, Colorado and others still being finalized.

20 Food Defense 101

21 A virtual, self-paced FREE training on Food Defense. Helping our industry stakeholders with understanding the tools and resources that are available, and To help them to gain awareness on Food Defense resources, Providing food defense regulation overview and, Practical ways to reduce the risk of intentional contamination. Food Defense 101





26 Courses contained within the FD 101 include: 1.) Food Defense Awareness for the Food Professional This course provides an understanding of food defense and guidance for professionals in the food industry. The course modules progress through food defense planning including broad mitigation strategies, vulnerability assessments, focused mitigation strategies, and food defense plans. 2.) Food Defense Awareness for Front-line Employees This course provides guidance specific to front-line workers and simple procedures for these employees to follow in food defense. 3.) FDA Regulations This course presents the three FDA Regulations that have been developed to address the safety of our nation's food supply and their impact on the food industry. (BT Act, FSMA and the RFR) 4.) ALERT ALERT has been updated to include FSMA guidance and provides specific examples on ways to protect a firm from the threat of intentional contamination.

27 As Food Defense is EVERYONE’s BUSINESS – by encouraging your colleagues to complete this virtual training, you’ll gain awareness of the tools and resources that are available to help reduce the risk of intentional contamination of the food supply. Food Defense 101

28 Food Related Emergency Exercise – Bundle: Helping to CONNECT THE DOTS in food emergency response planning

29 Food Related Emergency Exercise - Bundle

30 FREE-B Workshops FDA is seeking to evaluate the use of the FREE-B to improve / modify the tool moving forward. FDA issued funds to support 19 ‘exercises’ utilizing the FREE-B tool in 2013, on the heels of 9 last year.

31 Based on feedback received from workshops completed: 3 new scenarios to be developed: feed, water and recovery based scenarios. Existing content will be re-evaluated: question mapping, objectives connected to other national strategies, such as the: National Preparedness Goal (PPD-8) Public health emergency preparedness contracts, National Health Security Strategy (NHSS), as well as the MFRPS, CIFOR and other related efforts FREE-B Workshops

32;jsessionid=1GSTRQspfCzKyTmzTN8yWp9syWh2pqV3mJ18XgLy2qL9BhwF7r rd!-309707781 Innovative Food Defense Program

33 The description from the site reads: Innovative Food Defense Program (IFDP) grants are designed to generate food defense tools and resources that are easily replicated and can complement, aid in the development of, or improve State, local, Tribal and territorial (SLTT) food defense programs. As the Food Safety Modernization Act recognizes the evolution of the relationship between food safety and food defense, it is critical that these programs be integrated to the maximum extent possible in order to ensure the most efficient use of resources, as well as to optimize response to an incident or event Completed projects are available @

34 When we have strategically planned enough, and we’ve gotten in to the habit of… Strategically DOING – It will soon become evident that….


36 Some Food Defense Tools and Resources are available – please take 1 of each, so there’s enough for everyone. Additional materials can be ordered – in bulk – by visiting

37 37 www.FDA/gov/FoodDefense

38 Thanks for your attention!!! Sign up for Food Defense and Emergency Coordination staff updates @

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