NIST MEP – FDA MOU Executed to Support U.S. Food Manufacturing and Improve Food Safety

TechHelp will launch its first Idaho Food Safety Cooperative (IFSC) Program on August 14 at Boise State. The IFSC Program will give small Idaho food manufacturers the knowledge, templates, training, and coaching that will help them create food safety plans that comply with new regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

TechHelp’s IFSC Program is emblematic of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed between the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish collaborative efforts between MEP and the FDA to support the U.S. food manufacturing sector and advance and improve safe food manufacturing practices in the U.S. The sharing of food safety manufacturing practices is critical to advance safe food manufacturing practices in the U.S. The FDA, together with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has funded a network of public and private partners in state, federal, tribal and international governments, industry and academia for the development and delivery of Food Safety Modernization Act training. Via this MOU, the MEP National NetworkTM is being recognized by the FDA as an additional, value-adding resource to extend assistance to small U.S. food processors relating to food safety best practices and understanding how to implement FSMA and food safety requirements and standards.