The Food Safety Modernization Act allows the FDA to improve the food safety system and better protect the public. By partnering with state regulatory labs the FDA can more effectively prevent food safety problems rather that reacting after a problem has arisen. Accreditation is necessary for this state and federal integrated food safety system. Therefore, MSCL proposes to obtain ISO 17025 accreditation for methods used for extraction and analysis of pesticides in manufactured jams/jellies and edible ice, as well as analysis of metals (mercury, lead, copper, and arsenic) in edible ice. Additionally, MSCL plans to expand their accreditation scope to include microbiological methods for the detection of E. coli in edible ice and jam/jellies. Data will be shared with the FDA via eLEXNET, and will enable the FDA to better depict enforcement actions.

Public Health Relevance

The Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory (MSCL) is a regulatory agency seeking to obtain ISO 17025 Laboratory Accreditation to comply with State Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS). This accreditation will allow MSCL to partner with the FDA and contribute to the production of accurate and reliable data, resulting in a more effective surveillance program and response to foodborne outbreaks.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Type
Research Demonstration--Cooperative Agreements (U18)
Project #
5U18FD004492-02
Application #
8541775
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZFD1-SRC (99))
Project Start
2012-09-30
Project End
2017-08-31
Budget Start
2013-09-01
Budget End
2014-08-31
Support Year
2
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
Mississippi State University
Department
None
Type
Organized Research Units
DUNS #
075461814
City
Mississippi State
State
MS
Country
United States
Zip Code
39762