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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

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



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

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Where can I find a copy of the MFRPS?

Download the latest copy of the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards that was released October 5, 2016 here. You can also request an electronic or hard copy of the standards by emailing

View the Summary of Changes to see the latest changes to the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS).

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)

State 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 state 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. 

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How does the MFRPS program integrate with FoodSHIELD?

FoodSHIELD is a website that provides federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and laboratories with web-based tools that enhance food protection efforts. States that are enrolled in the MFRPS use the FoodSHIELD website 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. Register for a FoodSHIELD Account:

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Who do I contact for information about the MRFPS?

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

General questions can be directed to

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