Retail Food Protection
A Cooperative Program
More than 3,000 state, local and tribal agencies have primary responsibility to regulate the retail food and foodservice industries in the United States. They are responsible for the inspection and oversight of over 1 million food establishments - restaurants and grocery stores, as well as vending machines, cafeterias, and other outlets in health-care facilities, schools, and correctional facilities.
FDA strives to promote the application of science-based food safety principles in retail and foodservice settings to minimize the incidence of foodborne illness. FDA assists regulatory agencies and the industries they regulate by providing a model Food Code, scientifically-based guidance, training, program evaluation, and technical assistance.
In this section:
- FDA Food Code
- Food Code Reference System
- Standardization of Retail Food Safety Inspection Personnel
- Foodborne Illness & Risk Factor Reduction
- Food Defense & Emergency Response for Retail Food
- Industry and Regulatory Assistance and Training Resources
- Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards
- Retail Food Safety Initiative