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FDA Announces Retail Food Safety Action Plan

Friday, September 30, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced its Retail Food Safety Action Plan.

The plan specifically calls for new state and local food safety requirements for retail food establishments and for training for personnel on food safety measures.

Key changes to 2009 Food Code recommendations contained in the new supplement include:

FDA also announced that it has established a cooperative agreement with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Under this agreement, FDA and NACCHO will promote the use of best practices by local authorities, develop tools to strengthen retail food safety oversight and implement FDA’s Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards for retail food regulatory programs.

Also in support of the Plan, FDA announced issuance of a Supplement to the 2009 FDA Food Code that includes a new recommendation that retail food establishments employ at least one certified food protection manager.

For more information on the new recommendations, go to http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/RetailFoodProtection/FoodCode/FoodCode2009/ucm272584.htm.


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