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Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards

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

2021 Virtual FDA Retail Food Protection Seminar- September 13-16, 2021 
There will be two nationwide, general sessions held from 1 – 5 p.m. EDT on September 13th and 14th. 

Breakout sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 15th as follows:

  • Northeast: noon to 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Southeast: noon to 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Central: 9 a.m-1 p.m. EDT
  • Southwest: 1-5 p.m. CT
  • Pacific: 1-5 p.m. PT

Presentations/workshops will be held on Thursday, September 16th from 1-5 p.m. EDT. 

Join us virtually for this FREE Seminar. Additional details and registration information will be posted on this site as they become available. 

Special thanks to the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) for their partnership with this event.

Please contact your FDA Retail Food Specialists with questions.


Information about the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards)


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