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Did you know that the Top SQF non-conformance in 2018 was Clause, the annual review and challenge of food defence plans? Have you carried out your review and challenge?  Be sure that your Food Defense Plan assesses the risk from all expected threat sources. Meet the requirements of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act ‘Food Defense Plan Requirements’, the Food & Drug Cosmetic Act of 1938, and Homeland Security’s Intentional Adulteration Rule with the tools and resources in this course.


Food Defence is the need to protect against food adulteration within the manufacturing site and external threats within the supply chain. According to the FSMA rule 21 CFR Part 121 (IA Rule) facilities that have identified significant vulnerabilities need to implement actionable process steps and train their staff in food defence awareness.

This can impact your business in several ways. Terrorists attacks on the Global Supply Chains across 58 countries have increased 16% year on year. Following the Paris attack in November 2015 France imposed stricter controls along the borders with Belgium and Luxembourg, costing companies an additional $59 per delayed vehicle. The total cost to shippers in Belgium was estimated at $3.5 million within the first month following the attack.

In 2018 an incident involving needles in strawberries caused by one disgruntled employee in one pack shed stopped strawberry production in Australia and halted international trade of soft fruits from Australia. This industry is worth $560 AUD million a year.

This self-paced course is a training tool to assist companies in complying with the FDA’s FSMA rule. Learn to develop and implement a robust food defence and threat risk assessment, and develop a mitigation strategy that protects your facilities and supply chain at their most vulnerable points from acts on intentional adulteration intended to cause wide scale public health harm.

Clare Winkle
This course was developed by Clare Winkel, an accredited trainer and Executive Manager of Technical Solutions at Integrity Compliance. Clare holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science from Queensland University of Technology. In 2013 Clare won an award for her outstanding contributions to the seafood industry with regard to training. In 2016 Clare developed a methodology to rank the risk of raw materials vulnerability to food fraud.

Clare has worked in the food industry since 1987 across 14 countries in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. Clare has a particular interest in food safety, site security, food fraud, vulnerability, traceability and food defense. Clare is often invited to present at international conferences and contributes to magazines, blogs, publications and case studies on the subject matter. Clare is a panel member Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) and a panel member on the Allergen Bureau Agricultural Allergen Cross Contact Working Group.
Clare is currently working in Australia for Integrity Compliance Solutions (ICS) where she has developed several online courses sharing her knowledge, methodology and expertise. To contact Clare please email;

Course Objectives

This three-module course designed by Clare Winkel, a recognised global expert in food safety will help you build your Food Defence Plan from the initial threat risk assessment through to how to carry out that annual challenge test. This is an ideal course for those who have a basic understanding of the risk of threats within the food supply chain. This course covers a practical method of threat assessment that will enable you to meet legal and customer requirements.
  • Learn how to meet the risk assessment and procedural controls required by customers and regulators
  • Learn how to carry out a threat risk assessment and how to rank the results
  • Work through practical activities and examples to assist you through this process
  • Understand the documentation that GFSI food safety auditors expect to see at an audit so that you don’t end up with extra non-conformances at your next audit
  • Gain a Certificate of Completion

Course Curriculum

Module 1
How and Why it Happens 01:00:00
Understand the context of Threat Assessment within the food supply chain & processing plant. Have an awareness of food defense risks.
Module 2
Food Defense Requirements Within Your Business 01:00:00
Understand due diligence and legal requirements as they relate to food sabotage/intentional adulteration. Understand GFSI standard and retailer requirements as they relate to threat assessment.
Module 3
TACCP Risk Assessment Methods 01:30:00
Understand and apply a number of methods to assess supply chains for the risk of intentional adulteration. Participate in & develop a supply chain Threat Assessment Plan.

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  • $170.00 USD
  • 4 Hours
  • Course Certificate
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  • Language English
  • Industry Processing/Manufacturing Food Safety
  • Categories Aquaculture

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