An official website of the United States government.

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites always use a .gov or .mil domain. Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a .gov or .mil site by inspecting your browser’s address (or “location”) bar.

This site is also protected by an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate that’s been signed by the U.S. government. The https:// means all transmitted data is encrypted — in other words, any information or browsing history that you provide is transmitted securely.

Conformance with the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards

Craig, Sandra
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Start date
End date

SC DHEC - MFRPS Project Abstract South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (SC DHEC) plans to utilize this cooperative agreement to provide staff and resources necessary for SCDHEC to achieve conformance with the Manufactured Foods Regulatory Program Standards by the end of Year 3. Specifically, by hiring one full time Environmental Health Manager tasked with records management, communicating and educating industry stakeholders, assisting with audit and enforcement support. Additionally a 50%Applications Analyst will be hired to create automated systems to track and improve efficiency of record keeping associated with inspections, complaints and enforcement to enhance standards sustainability. Also, a 25% foodborne epidemiologist will be supported in order to improve food complaint data, trace back/trace forward efforts and foodborne disease investigation. This agreement will provide travel funding for program staff to attend and participate in national committees and the annual meeting. During Years 4 & 5 SC DHEC plans to conduct an educational assessment and outreach to manufacturers as well as 2tabletop exercises for manufacturers to increase involvement and understanding of core public health and food safety goals. Achieving this purpose will help SC DHEC ensure that national standardized food safety objectives are met and that SC DHEC has staff and resources to both enforce and advance these objectives. In the past, SC DHEC has not had the dedicated personnel to address the remaining gaps to full conformance. Currently, these responsibilities fall on inspection staff. This cooperative agreement provides personnel that can be specifically dedicated to these goals and greatly improve efforts to achieve conformance. This dedicated staff will be tasked with developing programs and systems to automate data needs related to conformance. Once SC DHEC achieves conformance with personnel, systems and equipment needs outlined in this proposal, maintaining it will be significantly less burdensome. At the conclusion of the project period existing inspection staff will be able to utilize the systems created to audit, verify and maintain conformance to program standards.

Funding Source
Food and Drug Administration
Project source
View this project
Project number
Sanitation and Quality Standards
Bacterial Pathogens
Natural Toxins
Viruses and Prions
Chemical Contaminants