Food Defense Periscope Consulting - the place for factory and industrial compliance programs, audits, project management and program management Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:33:58 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Food Defense Plans The leading provider of Food Defense solutions
  • Developer of FDA and APEC workshop materials
  • Developer of the Food Defense Plan Builder tool used in FDA and APEC workshops
  • Presenter at Food Defense workshops and exercises all over the world

Food Defense

Food Defense is the protection of the food supply from the intentional contamination of food, as compared to Food Safety which is the protection of the food supply from unintentional contamination.  The intentional contamination may come from an angry employee, a criminal element, a dishonest competitor or an organized terrorist.

The government is working to "Prevent, Detect and Respond" to an intentional act of contamination.  Industry can have the most impact in the prevention of a contamination event, by instituting mitigating measures that reduce the risk of intentional contamination.

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Periscope Consulting is among the top Food Defense consultants in the world.  We have worked closely with the Food Defense experts at USDA FSIS, the FDA, and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).  We have developed and presented workshop material at home and abroad.

We developed the Food Defense Plan Builder tool that USDA FAS and FDA are using in an expanding number of countries including Peru, Panama, the Philippines, China, Vietnam and Mexico (with an improved version under development for domestic use by the FDA).  We bring a wealth of practical, industrial experience to our work and a comprehensive set of offerings to enhance your Food Defense.

Food Defense Plans

The secret sauce that makes a Food Defense Plan valuable is in the mitigation measures put in place to reduce risk.  The creation of a Food Defense Plan requires us to consider a number of basic mitigation measures, assessing what we are currently doing and what we can do to mitigate risk.  The documentation of a Food Defense Plan holds us accountable to those measures, requiring ourselves to close any gaps, and provide a baseline for continuous improvement.

Periscope Consulting offers a comprehensive mix of services in Plan Development, Plan Implementation and Plan Sustainability.  See the offerings listed below for a collection of services which can be customized to your needs (click above or on the lists below for more information).  Periscope Consulting will also review your existing plan and compare it to what is currently being used in industry.

Vulnerability Assessments

CARVER plus Shock is currently the most thorough and widely used method of vulnerability assessment.  The FDA has developed software to use support this method.

Periscope Consulting is an expert user of the CARVER plus Shock software.  We can perform this vulnerability assessment for you, as well as discuss alternatives.


Our most popular package for one plant operations:

  • One CARVER plus Shock Vulnerability Assessment for a representative line
  • Two training sessions (How to Build a Food Defense Plan plus one topic of your choice)
  • Food Defense Plan Builder Tool
  • Facilitated workshop to build a customized Food Defense Plan
  • Four hours of follow-up telephone consultation
  • FSMA review (when final FSMA regulations are published)

Food Defense Plan Development

  • Simple to robust Food Defense Plans
  • Gap analysis
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Action Plans
  • Formal Audit Development

Food Defense Plan Implementation

  • Training
  • Gap Analysis
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Awareness Raising Newsletter
  • Project Management Services

Food Defense Plan Sustainability

  • Refresher Training
  • Facility Inspection
  • Formal Audit
  • Food Defense Plan Review


On a budget?

Food Defense Plan Starter Kit (Do It Yourself) 

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Food Defense Plan Development Food Defense Plan Development
Development of a Food Defense Plan is recommended by both the USDA and FDA.  It may be required by regulations to be written for the Food Safety Modernization Act.  (This is not a certain outcome of the Act and Periscope Consulting will continue to monitor pending regulation).
Periscope can provide three different approaches to creating a Food Defense Plan.  These meet the needs of the smallest one-facility plant to the largest multi-national.  The techniques that Periscope uses have been adopted for USDA and FDA workshops overseas and have been shared with hundreds of workshop participants. ]]> (Administrator) Food Defense Consulting Tue, 01 Mar 2011 22:29:47 +0000 CARVER plus Shock CARVER plus Shock

The vulnerability assessment method supported by the FDA is CARVER plus Shock.  The name comes from the six attributes, plus "shock value" as a seventh, used to choose a target.  Taken from a military targeting method, it has been adapted for use in the food industry.

By looking at your facility like a bad guy that is choosing his target, you can determine what operations are most vulnerable.  Knowing why they were most vulnerable, you can put targeted mitigation measures in place to reduce your vulnerability.

The FDA has developed a software implementation of CARVER plus Shock, available for free from their website.  It may be downloaded by clicking here.

(Please report any broken links since we don't control their website.  You can always find the software by going to and putting CARVER in the search window).

Periscope Consulting is an expert user of the CARVER software and can facilitate a vulnerability assessment on your site.  It is often possible to extrapolate a single detailed assessment to additional similar operations, so that only a single assessment is required.

The CARVER plus Shock vulnerability assessment may be done prior to development of your Food Defense Plan.  In this case we will embed targeted mitigation measures directly into your plan based on the analysis.  If you have an existing Food Defense Plan, a vulnerability assessment may still be done, providing a gap analysis and targeted mitigation measures to improve your plan.

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Food Defense Training Food Defense Training
Perscope Consulting is on the leading edge of Food Defense training.  We have developed presentation material and exercises that are being used around the world by the USDA and FDA.
Our proprietary training exercises provided a guided-learning experience (learn by doing) that benefits the adult learner.  As a significant benefit, the participants can complete the exercises with a thorough, complete, and customized food defense plan.
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Our Founder's Experience Ned Mitenius
25+ years operational, leadership and management experience in the food manufacturing industry.
Ned created and managed the Food Defense program for a major international food manufacturer from 2004 - 2008.   The program focused on low-cost and no-cost behavioral changes and incorporated policy, procedure, training, vendor qualification, design criteria, inspections, self-assessments and formal audits.  While the Food Defense Plan was based on the FDA guidance document, additional guidance from the USDA, DOT, FBI and USPS was also incorporated.
Since then, Periscope Consulting has become the leading Food Defense Consultant with an FDA regulated manufacturing background.  We have created and presented materials for Food Defense Training Workshops at home and abroad with both the USDA and the FDA.  Our Food Defense Plan Builder Tool has been used in at least four foreign countries with hundreds of companies.  We have spoken at the International Symposium on Agroterrorism.  We have conducted numerous Vulnerability Assessments.  We sit on expert panels with the Institute of Food Technologists and others.
  • Fresh Produce Food Defense expert on USG team to Peru as part of an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) food defense pilot capacity building activity.  2008.


  • Twice a speaker at FDA co-sponsored Food Defense Workshops for small business, on the topic of “Vulnerability Assessments using CARVER + Shock.” 2007.


  • Speaker at symposium by Microbe Inotech, on the topic of “Building Blocks of a Food Defense Program.” 2007.


  • Member of the Industry Workgroup for the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) a Homeland Security Center of Excellence.


  • Participant in the SPPA initiative of the US FDA CFSAN to conduct segment vulnerability assessments on the value added produce sector, using the CARVER + Shock assessment.  USDA and FBI as well as industry associations cooperated in this assessment.


  • Participant in the International Symposium on Agroterrorism (ISA) cosponsored by the FBI in September 2006 and April 2008.


  • Tulare table-top exercise on Food Defense with California Agricultural Commissioner.  2006.


  • Member of Infragard, a private/public partnership with the FBI, active in the North Texas chapter and participant in the national meeting in 2006.


  • Industry mentor for a 2005 project at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA on the topic “The Threat of AgroTerror on Monterey County.”


  • Participant in the full annual meeting of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense in Atlanta in 2005 and the IFT Food Defense meetings on the same dates.


  • Expert Panel member, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), for FDA review of food sector factors of concern.


  • CARVER + Shock Vulnerability Assessment subject matter expert, performing vulnerability assessments for IFT under contract to FDA.


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