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Abstract:Food Safety is an important area for every single person in Pennsylvania. Preventing food-borneillnesses will improve public health. Being able to respond to Food Emergencies in an effectiveand efficient manner is essential to protect the public.Since July 2008, the Department?s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services, has had aManufactured Food inspection contract with the FDA, conducting 300 inspections annually undercontract. In 2011, the Department enrolled in the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards andagreed to complete our program-self assessment. In 2011 we also began the development, for the firsttime ever in the state, the PA. Rapid Response Team. With the financial support provided by FDA ourBureau has moved to have a fully complaint and developed MFRPS program and PA RRT team. We arenow in maintenance stage and are seeking funding to continue the program maintenance.

Johnson, Lydia
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
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