FDA has released a proposed new rule under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) to prevent the intentional adulteration of food products. The proposed rule would require food facilities to have a written food defense plan addressing any major vulnerabilities in their production processes. They would then be required to "identify and implement strategies addressing those vulnerabilities, establish monitoring procedures and corrective actions, verify that the system is working, ensure that personnel assigned to the vulnerable areas receive appropriate training and maintain certain records," according to FDA's announcement.

FDA will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed rule on February 20, 2014 at Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD.