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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.


2020 Virtual FDA Retail Food Seminar

FDA Office of State Cooperative Programs is excited to announce a partnership with NEHA’s Digital Defense Conference and the FDA 2020 Retail Food Safety Seminar on August 18-19th. This FREE two-day virtual event hosted by NEHA will replace the annual FDA Retail Food Safety Seminars for 2020 and will meet the Standardization maintenance requirement of attending the annual Retail Food Safety Seminars. The Office of Partnerships (OP), Center for Food Safety an Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of Training, Education and Development (OTED) and the Office of State Cooperative Programs (OSCP) will provide their latest retail food updates.

  • For those of you that cannot attend, it will be videotaped and stored on the NEHA website for six months.
  • If you are not credentialed by NEHA, you may receive contact hours to maintain your FDA standardization by attending.
  • Please check the box that you are attending the FDA 2020 Retail Food Safety Seminar.

Registration and detailed information


Upcoming Events

  • FDA Retail Food Protection Training Courses
  • 2020 Retail Food Seminars
    • Central Region
      Location: Detroit, MI
      Dates: Postponed until 2021
      FDA Point of Contact: Jon Tran
    • Northeast Region
      Location: Providence, Rhode Island
      Dates: Postponed until 2021
      FDA Point of Contact: Tom Nerney
    • Pacific Region
      Location: Portland, Oregon
      Dates: Postponed until 2021
      FDA Point of Contact: Katey Kennedy
    • Southeast Region
      Location: Orange Beach, Alabama
      Dates: Postponed until 2021
      FDA Point of Contact: Cameron Wiggins
    • Southwest Region
      Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
      Dates: Postponed until 2021
      FDA Point of Contact: Celeste Parker

 


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


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