The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued revised food safety standards for state regulatory programs that oversee food facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods. These regulatory program standards, known as the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS), were first issued by the agency in May 2007 and are updated every three years. The 2019 changes include updates to defined terms, new appendices and job aides, as well as updates to the current standards.
The FDA established a committee comprised of officials from the FDA and state agencies responsible for the regulation and inspection of food facilities to develop and update the MFRPS as a set of quality standards for manufactured food regulatory programs.
The regulatory program standards are comprised of 10 standards designed to protect the public from foodborne illness and injury. These elements include the program’s regulatory foundation, staff training, inspection, quality assurance, food defense preparedness and response, foodborne illness and incident investigation, enforcement, education and outreach, resource management, laboratory resources, and program assessment.
There were no extensive and/or significant changes made throughout the 2019 MFRPS Standard. However, there were several changes made to improve understanding and clarity.
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