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The FDA says the "final rule is aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. Such acts, while not likely to occur, could cause illness, death, economic disruption of the food supply absent mitigation strategies." (Photo: Shutterstock) The FDA says the “final rule is aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. Such acts, while not likely to occur, could cause illness, death, economic disruption of the food supply absent mitigation strategies.” (Photo: Shutterstock)

In March 2020, the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implemented intentional adulteration provisions through a rule titled “Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration,” adding several new sections to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule was created to address intentional acts whose objective is to cause widespread harm to public health. The IA rule differs from other FSMA rules in that instead of targeting specific foods or hazards, it requires mitigation strategies for processes in certain registered food facilities that are determined to be significantly vulnerable to intentional adulteration.

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