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Domestic Mutual Reliance in Human and Animal Food Division 1 East

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The Division of Human and Animal Food East 1 (HAFE1) encompasses: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

State counterparts perform contract inspections in both human and animal food facilities.


Connecticut

The FDA engages with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (CTDCP) and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CTDAG) to perform contract inspections. The CTDCP performs Juice hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP), Seafood HACCP, current Good Manufacturing Practices and Preventative Controls inspections in the human food program, and the CTDAG performs BSE and VFD inspections in the animal food program area. Both entities’ regulations meet or exceed those enforced by FDA, and as such, enter and inspect facilities under their own jurisdiction. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture also participates in the Produce Safety Cooperative Agreement.

Areas of Collaboration

  • Work planning sessions
  • Utilizing state inspectional data to assist with casework performed
  • Sharing compliance activities
  • Joint inspections of facilities when needed
  • Food Safety Task Force
  • Rapid Response Team
  • Regulatory meetings with the state and the division’s compliance branch to discuss non-compliance of firms and bring firms into voluntary compliance
  • On-the-job training for state inspectors
  • Regulated industry information sharing
  • Product recalls

Additional Resources


Maine

The FDA contracts with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to perform human food inspections. The FDA relies on the state’s expertise in the Seafood hazard analysis critical control point and current good manufacturing processes inspections program areas. State employees enter and inspect under FDA authority, thus maintaining active FDA credentials. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry also participates in the Produce Safety Cooperative Agreement.

Areas of Collaboration

  • Work planning sessions
  • Utilizing state inspectional data to assist with casework performed
  • Sharing compliance activities
  • Regulatory meetings with the state and the division’s compliance branch to discuss non-compliance of firms and bring firms into voluntary compliance
  • On-the-job training for state inspectors
  • Regulated industry information sharing
  • Product recalls

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Massachusetts

The FDA engages with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to perform contract human food inspections. The FDA relies on the state’s expertise in the Seafood hazard analysis critical control point, current good manufacturing processes, and preventive controls program areas. State employees enter and inspect under FDA authority, thus maintaining active FDA credentials. The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources also participates in the Produce Safety Cooperative Agreement.

Areas of Collaboration

  • Work planning sessions
  • Sharing compliance activities
  • Rapid Response Team
  • Regulatory meetings with the state and the division’s compliance branch to discuss non-compliance of firms and bring firms into voluntary compliance
  • On-the-job training for state inspectors
  • Regulated industry information sharing
  • Product recalls

Additional Resources


New Hampshire

The state of New Hampshire does not currently perform inspections under FDA contract, though the FDA engages with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services in sharing compliance activities for awareness and usage as needed and to coordinate any outbreaks for public health protection. The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food  also participates in the Produce Safety Cooperative Agreement. 

Area of Collaboration

  • Sharing compliance activities

Additional Resources


New York

The FDA engages with the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) to perform contract human food inspections. The FDA relies on the state’s expertise in the Seafood hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP), Juice HACCP, Acidified/LACF, current good manufacturing processes, and preventive controls program areas. State employees enter and inspect under their own jurisdiction, thus maintaining active FDA commissions. The NYSDAM also participates in multiple Cooperative Agreement Programs including Produce Safety and Drug Residue in animal tissues. NYSDAM participates in a Mutual Reliance Pilot that uses state analysis on violative imported products for FDA regulatory action.

Area of Collaboration

  • Sharing compliance activities
  • Sharing sample analyses to remove violative products from the market
  • Utilizing state inspectional data to assist with casework performed
  • Joint inspection of facilities as needed
  • NYSDAM Mutual Reliance Pilot
  • Voluntary Rapid Response Team
  • Regulatory meetings with the state and the division’s compliance branch to discuss non-compliance of firms and bring firms into voluntary compliance
  • On-the-job training for state inspectors
  • Regulated industry information sharing
  • Product recalls

Additional Resources


Rhode Island

The FDA engages with the Rhode Island Department of Health to perform contract human food inspections. The FDA relies on the state’s expertise in the Seafood hazard analysis critical control point, current good manufacturing processes, and preventive controls program areas. Rhode Island’s human food regulations meet or exceed those enforced by FDA, and as such, RIDOH employees enter and inspect under their own jurisdiction. State inspectors also maintain active FDA certificates of commission. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management also participates in a Produce Safety Cooperative Agreement. 

Areas of Collaboration

  • Work planning sessions
  • Sharing compliance activities
  • Utilizing state inspectional data to assist with casework performed
  • Joint inspection of facilities when needed
  • Rapid Response Team
  • Regulatory meetings with the state and the division’s compliance branch to discuss non-compliance of firms and bring firms into voluntary compliance
  • On-the-job training for state inspectors
  • Regulated industry information sharing
  • Product recalls

Additional Resources


Vermont

The FDA contracts with the Vermont Department of Health to perform human food inspections. The FDA relies on the state’s expertise in current Good Manufacturing Practices and preventive controls inspections program areas. State employees enter and inspect under FDA authority, thus maintaining active FDA credentials.  The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets also participates in the Produce Safety Cooperative Agreement.

Area of Collaboration

  • Work planning sessions
  • Utilizing state inspectional data to assist with casework performed
  • Sharing compliance activities
  • Joint inspection of facilities when needed
  • Food Safety Task Force
  • Regulatory meetings with the state and the division’s compliance branch to discuss non-compliance of firms and bring firms into voluntary compliance
  • On-the-job training for state inspectors
  • Regulated industry information sharing
  • Product recalls

Additional Resources

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