The Oregon Department of Agriculture's (ODA) objective relative to the Manufactured FoodRegulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) is to develop and maintain an integrated system thatrequires and tracks compliance with food safety laws and regulations to ensure food safety andconsumer protection. ODA's progressive implementation of MFRPS will facilitate the design,assessment and improvement of such a system. ODA regularly partners with the Food andDrug Administration (FDA) to regulate Oregon's food establishments. In 2007, ODA enrolled inthe MFRPS program as a pilot state, and has continued to participate in the program since thattime. ODA's current contract with FDA commits ODA to conduct 600 general GoodManufacturing Practices (GMP) inspections; however, ODA has conducted as many as 750GMP inspections in a year. ODA intends to maintain its commitment to conduct contractinspections throughout the term of the Cooperative Agreement.Over the next five years, ODA intends to fully implement MFRPS by developing methods tomeasure effectiveness of implementation and by making continuous improvements. ODAintends to participate in on-site FDA visits and meetings and to provide FDA access to ODArecords, databases and other materials. Since 2007, ODA has been creating an improvementplan that clearly outlines objectives and tasks, timelines for completion, resources assigned andpersonnel involved. When completely implemented, the plan will result in significant to fullconformance with MFRPS standards. ODA has committed substantial amounts of its ownresources to upgrade its computer operating system; including its inspection program and allMFRPS related fields.ODA is working diligently to provide a structure that is both manageable and sustainable.However, the MFRPS program is time consuming and requires substantial resources for itsmaintenance. This Cooperative Agreement will help to provide ODA with the resourcesnecessary to develop a sustainable system, allowing ODA to maintain compliance with MFRPSinto the future.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture's (ODA)'s primary mission is to ensure food safety and to provide consumer protection. In accordance with this mission, ODA commits to implement and sustain conformance, to the fullest extent possible, with the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS). By employing the MRRPS standards, ODA will more rapidly identify threats to public health;shorten response times, thereby reducing the likelihood of harmful products being manufactured and distributed;and strengthen its collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration and other partners.