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Egg Safety Regulatory Program Standards Development Cooperative Agreement Program

Egg Safety Regulatory Program Standards Development Cooperative Agreement Program

What is the Egg Safety Regulatory Program Standards Development CAP?

This cooperative agreement is intended to advance efforts to improve the national egg safety program through:

  • Conducting an egg regulatory program self-assessment including a review of state egg laws and regulations in comparison to the current federal egg safety laws and regulations.
  • Developing and implementing an agreement and protocol for sharing egg regulatory inspections and information between states and the FDA.
  • Identifying gaps and areas of improvement between federal and state egg programs and providing recommendations for national egg regulatory program standards for states.

What are its goals?

The goal of this cooperative agreement program is to facilitate long-term improvements to the National Integrated Food Safety System by strengthening interagency collaboration, improving states' regulatory and surveillance protection programs for eggs, and developing national egg regulatory program standards for states.

What are its objectives?

The objectives of this funding opportunity include:

  • Determine the need for the establishment of national egg state regulatory program standards based upon performing a program assessment and developing an improvement plan using the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) and Animal Food Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS) (Standard 11-Sampling Program) as models.
  • Identify gaps and areas of improvement between federal and state programs, including voluntary egg safety programs, regulatory authorities, and requirements.
  • Collaborate between federal and state governments, to include but not be limited to: sharing of egg program data, such as inspections; sample analyses; firm inventory; individual firm information; collaborative work planning; and joint discussions around compliance actions.

Who are the current awardees?

Iowa Department of Agriculture and California Department of Food and Agriculture have been awarded this 3 year $150,000 cooperative agreement. 

Where can I get more information?

Specific questions on this program can be directed to the appropriate Office of Partnerships' contact within the Division of Partnership Investments and Agreements. Please visit the Office of Partnerships Contacts webpage to obtain a downloaded version of the staffing roster. 

Information regarding funding can be found in the funding opportunity announcement on Grants.gov: Egg Safety Regulatory Program Standards Development FOA.

General questions may be directed to the Office of Partnerships' general mailbox: op.feedback@fda.hhs.gov.