Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards

Evaluating and Measuring Program Effectiveness

The Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) define what constitutes a highly effective and responsive program for the regulation of foodservice and retail food establishments. They begin by providing a foundation and system upon which all regulatory programs can build through a continuous improvement process. The Retail Program Standards encourage regulatory agencies to improve and build upon existing programs. Further, they provide a framework designed to accommodate both traditional and emerging approaches to food safety. The Retail Program Standards are intended to reinforce proper sanitation (good retail practices) and operational and environmental prerequisite programs while encouraging regulatory agencies and industry to focus on the factors that cause and contribute to foodborne illness, with the ultimate goal of reducing the occurrence of those factors.

In support of this goal, FDA works cooperatively with our state, local, territorial and tribal partners using a risk-based approach to leverage limited resources. The Retail Program Standards represent an important component of a comprehensive strategic approach to help ensure the safety and security of the food supply at the retail level.

Upcoming Events

  • FDA Retail Food Protection Training Courses
  • 2018 Retail Food Seminars
    • Central Region
      Location: Louisville, KY
      Dates: August 28-30, 2018
      FDA Point of Contact: Kris Moore, 502-425-0069 ext. 1013,  
    • Northeast Region
      Location: South Portland, ME
      Dates: September 19-21, 2018
      FDA Point of Contact: Tom Nerney, 781-587-7431,  
    • Pacific Region
      Location: Boise, ID
      Dates: September 11-13, 2018
      FDA Point of Contact: Brad Tufto, 509-353-2136 ext.104,  
    • Southeast Region
      Location: Charleston, SC
      Dates: October 16-18, 2018
      FDA Point of Contact: Donna Wanucha, 678-616-5600,  
    • Southwest Region
      Location: Cheyenne, WY
      Dates: September 17-20, 2018
      FDA Point of Contact: Mario Seminara, 303-236-3026,  

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