Step three in developing a food defense plan All vendors providing processed foods to USDA federal feeding programs must be in compliance with the Food Defense System. Vulnerability assessment Map of facility Operational documents HACCP plan SOP or GMP BQA or PQA plans Designate a food defense coordinator to develop, implement and maintain the Food Defense Plan Courtesy of Food Technology magazine, from "Defending the Food Supply," August 2005, Vol. 59, No.8. Food Technology is a publication of the Institute of Food Technologists, www.ift.org. Describe each vulnerability specifically. Decide if the vulnerability is practical to address. Determine a countermeasure. Decide who will be responsible to implement the countermeasure. Choose a reasonable timeline for implementation. Initial and date plan when implementation of countermeasure is completed. Review and revise the plan to accommodate new and newly elevated risks Train the employees regarding their effort in: Prevention Detection Response Test the countermeasures after implementation Make unannounced entrances at various checkpoints Check locks in vulnerable areas Perform a mock recall Test inventory procedures Re-evaluate the plan annually or as products, processes or facilities change. Copies of the plan should be kept on-site and off-site.