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FDA reminds industry of best practices to prevent tampering and intentional adulteration of food and cosmetic products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding industry of strategies to prevent tampering and intentional adulteration of foods and cosmetics in response to a few recent media reports of tampering of products in retail grocery stores.

The FDA has published guidance and tools for industry to help prevent tampering of food including the Guidance for Industry: Food Security Preventive Measures Guidance for Retail Food Stores and Food Service Establishments and is providing information to industry to help prevent tampering of food and cosmetic products.

The FDA recommends that food retailers review the guidance in each section that relates to a component of their operation and assess which preventive measures are suitable. The FDA also issued under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act a Final Rule entitled Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration, that is directed to food processing facilities, but may also be informative to retail establishments.

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