NACCHO conducted an assessment to understand how local, state, tribal, and territorial governmental public health agencies are using the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) as a tool for fostering continuous improvement in their retail food regulatory programs.
The Retail Program Standards provide a framework for effective and responsive regulation of food service and retail food establishments. They are a key component of a comprehensive strategy to ensuring the safety and security of the food supply in communities nationwide.
NACCHO distributed the Continuous Improvement of Retail Food Safety Assessment in June 2018 to a census of all 825 retail food regulatory programs enrolled in the RPS. Programs were identified by the FDA.
A total of 425 retail food regulatory programs completed the assessment for a response rate of 52%.