The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) to help small businesses comply with the Final Rule on Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (or Intentional Adulteration Rule), mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
The SECG was prepared in accordance with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act. It provides non-binding recommendations on such topics as developing a food defense plan and records management.
SECGs are designed to help small businesses meet federal standards. They are among the resources that the FDA is providing to support compliance with the new FSMA standards.
The compliance date for small businesses under the Intentional Adulteration Rule is July 27, 2020. Very small businesses are exempt from the rule, except for a documentation requirement described in the SECG, which has a compliance date of July 26, 2021.
Access www.fda.gov/fsma for more information on the FSMA.