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FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability
Assessments (IA VA) Course


Food Defense Course Online and Onsite

Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Options

Option One:

One Day Onsite Training in Hermosa Beach, California
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Option Two:

Virtual Live -

Instructor Led On ZOOM


Option Three

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Providing Online and Onsite Training for PCQI for Human and Animal Foods, FSVP, Food Defense and Basic HACCP, Advanced HACCP, Juice HACCP, Seafood HACCP, Egg HACCP, Food Package Manufacturing HACCP, Microbiological Environmental Monitoring Programs HACCP, Produce HACCP, Dietary Supplements HACCP and FoodSafetyOmics HACCP using current scientific, technical and regulatory understanding.

Locations of In Person Classes

Location: Holiday Inn
125 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA  90254

Location: Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

December 19, 2023, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – EST

January 25, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – PST

February 29, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – EST

March 28, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – PST

April 26, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – EST

May 10, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – PST

June 27, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – EST

July 11, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – PST

August 29, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – EST

September 30, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. –

October 31, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – EST

November 12, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – PST

December 19, 2024, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. – EST

In Plant and On site Trainings

In-house training provides cost-effective and convenient answers for delivering training solutions for small to large groups. Our instructors are qualified leaders in their field, and ensure that all course content builds on the industry’s best practices. We offer a full range of training courses across Quality, Environment, Food Safety plus a range of other courses across Business Improvement and Professional Development. On-Site Training

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The Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration regulation (referred to as the IA regulation) is intended to protect food from acts of intentional adulteration. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “food defense qualified individual.” This participant course, developed by FSPCA, is one of the “standardized curriculum” courses recognized by FDA; successfully completing this participant course is one way to meet the requirements for conducting a vulnerability assessment by a “qualified individual.”

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: An Overview of Food Defense Measures
Lesson 2: Vulnerability Assessment Preliminary Steps
Lesson 3: Considering Inherent Characteristics
Lesson 4: Considering an Inside Attacker
Lesson 5: Element 1: Evaluating Potential Public Health In plant
Lesson 6: Element 2: and Element 3: Evaluating Degree of Physical Access to
the Product and Evaluating the Ability of an Attacker to Successfully Contaminate the Product
Lesson 7: Analyzing Results to Identify Actionable Process Steps
Lesson 8: Applying the Hybrid Approach
Appendix 1: IA Rule and Summary
Appendix 2: FDA Key Activity Types (KAT) Report and KAT Descriptions
Appendix 3: Vulnerability Assessment Resources
Appendix 4: Technical Assistant and Resources
Appendix 5: VA Definitions, Acronyms, and other Terms

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