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Human Food Inspection Contract Program

What is the Human Food Inspection Contract Program?

Under this program, inspections are performed in selected food manufacturer/processor firms to determine compliance with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, state law, or both.

During inspections, the emphasis is placed on determining significant Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), unsanitary conditions and practices that may render the food injurious to health (particularly those involving the introduction or growth of pathogenic organisms, and other conditions that may cause food to become filthy, putrid, decomposed, or contaminated with foreign objects.)

Which states currently have contracts?

human food states 12-13-2018 


*Note: Not pictured is Puerto Rico, which currently has a contract.

  • 48 contracts with state and territorial government regulatory agencies (e.g. Health, Agriculture, Consumer Protection, etc.).
  • 44 states and Puerto Rico have contracts.
  • California, South Carolina, and West Virginia each have two agencies with contracts (Departments of Health & Agriculture).
  • FDA provides approximately $12.8 million in funding under this contract program. 

How does FDA ensure the quality of state contract inspections?

Each state inspector who conducts contract inspections for FDA is audited twice in a 36-month period to ensure that the quality of the inspection work meets FDA expectations. FDA reviews the state inspector audits annually at the state program and national level to ensure the audit obligations are met and that the state programs meet the performance criteria described in FMD-76 - State Contracts - Evaluation of Inspectional Performance. FDA reports the overall audit performance rating of each state program for the contract year. See the annual state program performance date posted here.

Where can I find for more information?

Specific questions on this program can be directed to the appropriate Office of Partnerships' contact. Division of Partnership Investments and Agreements

General questions may be directed to the Office of Partnerships' general mailbox:

Page Last Updated: 12/13/2018
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