(June 3) New York officials say the state is the first one to achieve national Food and Drug Administration food safety standards.

The state’s governor, David Paterson, said the Empire State has become the first among five states the FDA asked to adopt a national food safety program.

Paterson, in a news release, said the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards should help safeguard the state’s food supply. By completing the program before other states, New York’s standards remain on par with federal standards, he said.

Adoption of the uniform standards could help reduce inconsistencies that might harm food safety efforts, Paterson said.

Those standards, said to be more uniform, include measurement and evaluation of food manufacturing, processing, packing or handling, Paterson said.

New York’s Department of Agriculture and Markets regulates all food sold in the state’s retail and wholesale markets.