WASHINGTONThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the 2013 Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) intended to help reduce foodborne illnesses associated with retail food and foodservice establishments.
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 standards promote adoption of science-based model regulations (e.g., the FDA Food Code); improvements in staff training and increased program resources; implementation of risk-based inspection programs based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles; development and implementation of outbreak and food defense surveillance and response plans; and enhanced communication and collaboration with industry and consumers.
The 2013 Edition of the Retail Program Standards incorporates changes that improve the presentation and usability of the documents. Changes include:
- Addition of an Administrative Procedures document to more clearly explain the process for enrolling in the Retail Program Standards and maintaining enrollment;
- Addition of criteria for enrolled jurisdictions to implement a targeted intervention strategy to reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors, and assess the effectiveness of the targeted intervention strategy;
- Conversion of the FDA National Registry Report form (FDA Form 3519) and the Permission to Publish in National Registry form (FDA Form 3520) to PDF format to enable electronic completion and submission via email;
- Conversion of forms and worksheets to PDF format to enable electronic completion; and
- Revisions to the FDAs Retail Program Standards website so that all forms and worksheets can be accessed and downloaded online.