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Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS)

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What are the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards?

The Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standardsdisclaimer icon (MFRPS) are a critical component in establishing the national Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS). The goal of the MFRPS is to implement a nationally integrated, risk-based, food safety system focused on protecting public health. The MFRPS establish a uniform basis for measuring and improving the performance of prevention, intervention, and response activities of manufactured food regulatory programs in the United States. The development and implementation of the standards will help federal and state programs better direct their regulatory activities toward reducing foodborne illness.

The MFRPS areas of focus include:

  • Standard 1 - Regulatory Foundation
  • Standard 2 - Training Program
  • Standard 3 - Inspection Program
  • Standard 4 - Inspection Audit Program
  • Standard 5 - Food-related Illness and Outbreaks and Response
  • Standard 6 - Compliance and Enforcement Program
  • Standard 7 - Industry and Community Relations 
  • Standard 8 - Program Resources
  • Standard 9 - Program Assessment
  • Standard 10 - Laboratory Services


Which states have a regulatory agency(s) currently enrolled in the MFRPS?

MFRPS map 12-14-18 


United States Map displaying current Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards awardees: WA, CA, AZ AK, NV, UT, WY, CO, NM, NE, KS, TX, MN, IA, IL, MO, AR, LA, WI, MS, MI, IN, KY, TN, AL, VT, NY, PA, WV, MA, RI, CT, NJ, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, OH.

  • There are 43 state programs currently enrolled
  • CA, SC, and WV each have two agencies with MFRPS cooperative agreements (Health and Agriculture)

Where can I find a copy of the MFRPS?

Download the latest copy of the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards by clicking here. You can also request an electronic or hard copy of the standards by emailing

Is funding available to assist states in implementing the MFRPS?

More information about this funding program can be obtained by viewing the latest Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

States' manufactured food regulatory programs receiving funds under this cooperative agreement are expected to achieve significant to full conformance by Year 5 of the cooperative agreement. Eligible entities include states and their manufactured food regulatory programs with current FDA food safety inspection contracts or those that agree to enter into a food contract with FDA at the earliest possible date. 

What other resources are available to help state programs implement MFRPS?

The OP DSI is responsible for conducting education and outreach to state programs on MFRPS. OP provides funding to the Association of Food and Drug Officials to administer the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Alliance (MFRPA)disclaimer icon which is responsible for providing additional training and collaboration to support standards development and implementation.

State programs also have free access to FoodSHIELD, a web-based communication platform that is supported by FDA to facilitate training, meetings andn collaboration among federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and laboratories. States that are enrolled in the MFRPS use both the FoodSHIELD website and the MFRPA portal to facilitate federal and state communication and collaboration in the development and implementation of the MFRPS.

All state personnel actively involved in MFRPS should register for a FoodSHIELD account and join the MFRPS Workgroup in FoodSHIELD. Click here disclaimer iconto register for a FoodSHIELD account.

Who do I contact for information about the MRFPS?

Specific questions on this program can be directed to the appropriate Office of Partnerships' contact within the Division of Standards Implementation.

General questions can be directed to


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