KENTUCKY CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES, DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTHRFA-FD-18-001FLEXIBLE FUNDING MODEL ? INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE FOR STATE FOOD REGULATORY PROGRAMS (U 18)SUMMARYThe goal of the Kentucky Food Safety Branch is to continue to be an active participant in the nationallyintegrated food protection system. Chief in accomplishing this goal, as well as the goal of continuingprogram improvement, is participation in the MFRPS. The five year Cooperative Funding Agreement hasallowed our state food protection program to address many of the identified gaps and obstacles, andhas allowed our agency to implement a fully-functional MFRPS program in Kentucky. This in turn hasallowed our state to achieve and sustain significant to full conformance with the MFRPS.In summary, the intended outcome of the Cooperative Agreement Funding Application is to furtheradvance efforts for a nationally integrated food safety system by utilizing available federal (FDA) fundingassistance, thus allowing Kentucky's State Manufactured Food Regulatory Program to continuallyimprove and maintain full conformance with the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards(MFRPS). The MFRPS program funding will be utilized to ensure that Kentucky's manufactured foodregulatory programs develop and maintain best practices for a high-quality regulatory program. Fullparticipation in the MFRPS program will assist our federal (FDA) partners in establishing a uniform basisfor measuring and improving the performance of manufactured food regulatory programs in the UnitedStates.