The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the 2019 edition of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards), which define the key elements of an effective retail food regulatory program for state, local, tribal, and territorial food regulatory jurisdictions.

The Retail Program Standards provide recommendations for designing and managing retail food regulatory programs and help regulatory jurisdictions (or other responsible organizations) facilitate more effective inspections, implement foodborne illness prevention strategies, and identify program areas in need of improvement.

The 2019 edition of the Retail Program Standards incorporates changes based on recommendations discussed at the Conference for Food Protection 2018 Biennial Meeting and other minor editorial changes.

These changes include:

  • A new tool entitled “Quick Reference—Applicable 2017 Food Code Provisions (Risk Factors and Interventions)” added to Standard 6 to assist food regulatory jurisdictions in comparing their Code risk factors and interventions to the 2017 FDA Food Code.
  • Updates to Standard 3 that assists food regulatory jurisdictions in developing and implementing a program policy.
  • Clarifications within Standard 8 that assists food regulatory jurisdictions in evaluating conformance within the Self-Assessment/Verification Audit Form (criteria 1–4).
  • Updated weblinks within Standard 2: Appendix B-1 Curriculum for Retail Food Safety Inspection Officers to assist food regulatory jurisdictions accessing courses online.

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