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October 05, 2011

Contact: Joe Corby, Executive Director, 518-860-2838

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Awards Cooperative Agreement to the Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) to Support Advancing A National Integrated Food Safety System

York, Pa - - AFDO is pleased to announce they have received an award from FDA under the Alliance for Advancing a National Integrated Food Safety System (Alliance) Cooperative Agreement Program.

The goal of the Alliance Cooperative Agreement is to facilitate long-term improvements to the national food safety system by strengthening interagency collaboration, improving State’s regulatory and surveillance protection programs for manufactured foods, and providing assistance to state legislatures.

Alliance participants will consist of state food safety program managers who supervise the inspection of food manufacturing and distribution facilities.  Through this cooperative agreement, AFDO and FDA will collaborate to strengthen this community by providing  resources to encourage the adoption of and conformance with the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS), an important component of  a  national integrated food safety system. 

This award will allow AFDO to enhance their current activities such as maintaining the Directory of State and Local Officials, Registry of Subject Matter Experts, Topical Index of Regulatory Guidance, Program Manager Information Portal and conducting the State Food Safety Resource Survey.  With the funding provided through this cooperative agreement, AFDO will work with FDA to establish a network of manufactured food program managers and host an annual program managers meeting to build operational and strategic partnerships.  In addition, AFDO and FDA will develop and implement pilot projects to support MFRPS adoption as well as collaborate with other partners to identify, develop and deliver food safety and defense training programs.  

“We are excited to award this cooperative agreement to further advance a national integrated food safety system which supports the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act,” said Joe Reardon, FDA Senior Advisor for Federal-State Relations.  “A national integrated food safety system will increase the capacity of federal, state, and local officials to mitigate the impact of foodborne illness, to advance public health and maintain a safe food supply for US consumers.”

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