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Domestic Mutual Reliance in Human and Animal Food Division 4 East

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The Division of Human and Animal Food East 4 (HAFE4) encompasses: Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. State counterparts perform contract inspections in both human and animal food facilities.


Florida

The FDA engages with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to perform contract human food and animal food/feed inspections. The FDA relies on the state’s expertise to perform hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP), Seafood HACCP, current Good Manufacturing Practice and Preventive Controls program areas. State employees enter and inspect under their authority for human food inspections and under FDA authority for animal food/feed inspections, thus maintaining federal credentials. Florida also participates in the Produce Safety Cooperative Agreement.  

Areas of Collaboration

  • Utilizing state inspectional data to assist with casework performed
  • Sharing compliance activities
  • Sharing of inspections and investigations data through FDA-Florida proof of process
  • Joint inspections of facilities when needed
  • Sharing of sample analysis to remove violative products from the market
  • 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


Puerto Rico

The FDA engages with the Puerto Rico Department of Health to perform contract human food inspections. The FDA relies on Puerto Rico’s expertise in current good manufacturing practice inspections program. State employees enter and inspect under state authority, thus maintaining federal commissions.  

Areas of Collaboration

  • 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
  • Utilizing state inspectional data to assist with casework performed
  • Sharing compliance activities
  • Joint inspections of facilities when needed

Additional Resources


U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands does not currently perform inspections under FDA contract, though  FDA engages with the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist the division with inspections. The FDA relies on the U.S. Virgin Islands’ expertise in firm inventory, outbreaks, and consumer complaints.  

Areas of Collaboration

  • Joint inspections of facilities when needed
  • Sharing compliance activities
  • Regulated industry information sharing
  • Product recalls

Additional Resources

 

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