In its latest step to increase the safety of the American food supply, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the 2013 Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards). The Retail Program Standards are intended to help reduce foodborne illnesses associated with retail food and foodservice establishments by promoting continuous improvement of food safety inspection programs.
The Retail Program Standards serve as a guide to regulatory retail food program managers for the design and management of these programs and provide recognition for programs that meet one or more of the Standards. The Retail Program Standards assist food regulatory programs by identifying the areas that most need attention, enhancing the services they provide, and promoting the application of effective foodborne illness prevention strategies.
The Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards are available on the FDA’s website. A complete listing of the jurisdictions enrolled in the Retail Program Standards may also be viewed online at the Listing of Jurisdictions Enrolled in the Draft Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards.
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