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Partnership for Food Protection
The Partnership for Food Protection (PFP) is a group of dedicated professionals from Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments with roles in protecting the food supply and public health. PFP is the structure used to meld and coordinate representatives with expertise in food, feed, epidemiology, laboratory, animal health, environment, and public health to develop and implement a national Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS).
Building a national Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) has long been a foundational element of our nation’s strategy for carrying out an effective and efficient food safety program. It is also one of the key themes of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Obama in January 2011.
An IFSS is a blended food safety system, which leverages the participation, expertise, resources, and authorities of Federal, State, local, territorial and tribal agencies with food safety responsibilities to ensure a safe food system in the United States. This is accomplished by focusing on prevention, strengthening surveillance and enforcement, and improving response and recovery. Foundational elements of an IFSS include, but are not limited to, uniform program standards, training and certification programs, laboratory analysis, data sharing, joint work planning, inspection and enforcement protocols, and responding quickly to emergencies.
Since 1998, the FDA has supported a series of 50‐State Workshops open to officials from all 50 States, including five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. To implement the recommendations from the 2008 50 – State Workshop, the PFP was established. Since its establishment, the PFP has utilized a workgroup structure to develop and implement procedures, best practices, and other work products that would advance integration. The PFP has been charged with leading development and implementation of an IFSS. There are currently seven PFP Workgroups.
The PFP is led by a Governing Council comprised of 11 members from Federal, State, and local agencies who have senior policy level and management expertise in public health or food safety. The Governing Council is responsible for oversight and management of the overall partnership. The Governing Council receives strategic input and feedback from the Coordinating Committee comprised of representatives from the Council of Association Presidents (CAP), federal agencies, and state and local officials.
Current PFP Workgroups
The PFP is comprised of dynamic workgroups whose mission is to advance the IFSS goals in areas of uniform program standards, training and certification programs, laboratory analysis, data sharing, joint work planning, inspection and enforcement protocols, and emergency response. The current workgroups include:
Animal Feed Net: Provide mechanism for information sharing and monitoring between federal and state agencies for animal feed (pets and livestock) related incidents.
Implementation & Communications: Develop an implementation plan to facilitate the use of IFSS best practices across federal, state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments.
Information Technology: Defining and understanding the requirements for developing an integrated electronic information management backbone, and undertaking technical projects to create an interoperable and integrated national food safety system.
Local Area Engagement: To incorporate the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) deliverables that include local agencies with PFP projects and provide specific recommendations for engagement of local agencies within the vision for an IFSS.
National Feed Sampling: Develop mechanism for sharing feed collection samples and laboratory data between Federal and State agencies.
Response & Recall: Develop response guides and records for event responses.
Training & Certification: To provide support for visionary development, best practices, appropriate content and recommendations toward development of an integrated food safety training and certification system.
Partnership for Food Protection Activities
PFP Workgroup Reports 2012
Final Workgroup Reports July 2010
- Interactive Information Technology Workgroup (PDF - 1.62MB)
- Training Workgroup
- Work Planning Workgroup (Zip file - 3.68MB)
- Response Workgroup (PDF - 155KB)
- Pet Event Tracking Network (ppt - 785KB)
- Meeting Summary - Workgroup and PetNet Project Meeting, May 28-29, 2009
- Meeting Summary - Workgroup and PetNet Project Meeting, November 17-18, 2009
- Workgroup Updates
Partnership for Food Protection Newsletters
Partnership for Food Protection Resource Documents
- PFP Food/Feed Testing Laboratory Draft Best Practices Manual (PDF - 2MB)
- PFP Information Technology Data Principles (PDF - 102KB)
PFP Best Practices: Model for Local Federal/State Planning and Coordination of Field Operations and Training(PDF - 253KB) National Program Standards Crosswalk Resource Paper(PDF - 555KB)
- Recycled Organic Waste as Animal Feed:A Recommendation for Regulatory Programs to Address Current Information Gaps (PDF - 135KB)