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Food Defense Coordinator

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Learn to develop and implement a food defense program that prepares you to handle intentional contamination, workplace violence, and other crisis situations at your facilities.

The seminar includes hands-on workshops that provide a framework for solid food defense planning that can be tailored to individual facilities. Case study workshops of actual tampering and workplace violence incidents challenge you to see how you would handle, investigate, and/or mitigate these events at your own operation.

Issues addressed at the seminar relate directly to new customer requirements, the Food Safety Modernization Act, and GFSI-benchmarked audit schemes.

Participants receive a complimentary copy of The AIB Guide to Food Defense.

Become an AIB Certified Food Defense Coordinator by receiving a score of 80% or higher on the online verification test within 30 days upon completion of the course.

Who should attend

Persons assigned the responsibility to develop, implement, and manage a food defense program for a facility or corporation. The course is targeted to individuals that do not have previous security, food defense, or law enforcement backgrounds.

Learning objectives

  • Define food defense and differentiate between food defense and food safety.
  • Describe the requirements of C-TPAT, FDA security guidelines, and FSMA.
  • Outline the elements of a food defense team, plan, and policies and apply those elements in writing examples of food defense policies.
  • Complete a vulnerability assessment and choose appropriate physical and/or procedural countermeasures to mitigate the risk identified.
  • Devise a crisis management program and create crisis scenarios that can be tested at your facilities.
  • Define specific measures necessary for various types of emergency evacuations.
  • Compare various physical security counter measures available and choose appropriate measures to mitigate risks identified at your facilities.
  • Assess your current employee training program and prepare training sessions for employees on the topic of food defense.
  • Characterize various types of workplace violence and employ various techniques to deal with violence in the workplace.
  • Differentiate between a traceability and recall program and modify traditional recall programs to deal with intentional contamination events.

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Subjects and time are subject to change

Assessment methods

Workshops and exams.


Students should have a general understanding of at least one sector of the food industry from agricultural to production to retail.


Team of Speakers

  • Lance Reeve - Director of Food Defense (AIB) - As the Director of Food Defense for AIB International, Mr. Reeve has specialized in food safety and food defense training and program development. He co-developed the food defense seminars and products that AIB International provides in the United States and Internationally. During his work on food defense projects, Mr. Reeve has had the opportunity to work in partnership with and attend training sessions with security professionals that service the food industry.

    Mr. Reeve has also been very active with the food safety seminars and in-plant training offered by AIB International. He has authored articles, technical bulletins, and a book on food safety and defense topics. Mr. Reeve is a certified HACCP instructor through the International HACCP Alliance.

    Prior to his role as Director of Food Defense, Mr. Reeve was the Project Coordinator. He started his career with AIB International as a Food Safety Auditor in 1994. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in Environmental and Public Health.

  • Rod Wheeler - Homeland Security, Food and Facility Defense Specialist- Mr. Wheeler has a BA in criminology and criminal justice from Ohio State University and an MA in administration from American University in Washington D.C. As a former homicide detective, he is recognized as a “leading authority” on law enforcement issues and has been asked to serve as keynote speaker to many organizations on crime related matters. He is an active member of the American Society of Criminal Justice, The American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and the recent past Chairman of the Food and Agricultural Security Council of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS). His responsibilities are to assist food processing and manufacturing corporations with the development and implementation of their food defense plans, procedures and guidelines.

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Enrollment Information

  • Mail: AIB, PO Box 3999, Manhattan, KS 66505-3999
  • Phone: 785-537-4750, 800-633-5137 or 800-242-2534 (enrollments only)
  • Fax: 785-537-1493
  • Online: Add to Cart below
Printable enrollment form available here. (pdf)

Make check or money order payable in US dollars to: AIB.

Planned locations and dates for 2014:

Portland, OR • February 11-13, 2014
Tampa, FL • March 11-13, 2014
Tempe (Phoenix), AZ • May 6-8, 2014
Columbus, OH • September 9-11, 2014
San Jose, CA • October 7-9, 2014
Chicago, IL • November 18-20, 2014

For seminars accepting enrollments, click on the city & state below for hotel pricing and location.


Food Defense Coordinator
Tempe (Phoenix), AZ, US

May 6 - 8, 2014$1195.00

Food Defense Coordinator
Columbus, OH, US

Sep 9 - 11, 2014$1195.00

Food Defense Coordinator
San Jose (Milpitas), CA, US

Oct 7 - 9, 2014$1195.00

Food Defense Coordinator
Chicago, IL, US

Nov 18 - 20, 2014$1195.00

(Keywords: Food Security, Defense, Protection, Bioterrorism, FVA, Vulnerability, Threat)

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