FDA’s “Retail Food Safety Action Plan”
Impact on foodservice operations
With the signing of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the release of two key "report cards" on the causes of food borne illness and related prevention activities, the FDA has taken a very visible stand on food safety in the retail and foodservice sectors. The public release of the Retail Food Safety Action Plan clearly emphasizes the FDA is alert to the retail and food service sectors, and is taking proactive action to partner with the other regulatory agencies, and the industry, to affect measurable change.
No doubt, some of the change will be in the form of additional recommendations and regulations, as demonstrated with the release of the Supplement to the 2009 food code. Historically, the best way to avoid prescriptive regulatory requirements has been to demonstrate and participate in proactive industry-wide initiatives to affect change.
Organizations should expect that the inspectors who visit their facilities are well aware of these reports, and your organization's demonstration of its understanding and application of the information will go a long way to achieving a good inspection result and, more importantly, prevention of food borne illness.