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2021 FDA Retail Food Protection Seminar

The 2021 FDA Retail Food Protection Seminar provides an opportunity for FDA, state, local, tribal, and territorial regulators to discuss issues related to the future of retail food safety including the Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative, the new NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program, leveraging environmental health data to inform food safety initiatives, recent studies and findings, improving foodborne illness outbreak response, and much more! The Seminar will be held virtually September 13-16, 2021 and registration is free! This event is open to all interested in retail food safety, including all state, local, territorial and tribal regulators, standardized officers, industry and academia.

September 13-14 will include general sessions for all attendees. Highlights include:

  • Keynote address on The New Era of Smarter Food Safety from Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, FDA.
  • New funding opportunities for retail food regulatory programs.
  • Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative, challenge studies, the FDA deli risk factor study results, and much more.

September 15 will consist of five breakout sessions, inviting attendees to connect with colleagues from the Northeast, Central, Southeast, Pacific or Southwest regions.

September 16 will host four Retail Flexible Funding Model (RFFM) workshops. The workshops are designed to help regulatory jurisdictions apply for FDA funding under the RFFM. Topics include:

  • How to Create a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan (CSIP),
  • How to Create a Project Implementation Plan (PIP),
  • How to use NEHA’s grant portal to submit a grant application, and
  • Optional Resources to assist with navigating the RFFM.

All the sessions at this seminar will be recorded and available for later viewing for one year by all registered attendees on the meeting website. Attendees must register, even if you don’t intend to watch the live event but wish to watch recorded sessions at a later time. The Association of Food and Drug Officials will provide certificates of attendance for 16 contact hours.


Sep 13 - 16 2021


Event will be held between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm ET Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday breakout sessions will have variable times.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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