Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative partners along with the National Environmental Health Association have released a new assessment report that provides insight into the most commonly provided resources for active managerial control (AMC) and features details of several successful AMC Incentive Programs offered to retail food establishments by environmental health organizations. The findings of this report have also been used to develop an infographic to depict the interrelationship between organizational food safety culture, food safety management systems (FSMS), and AMC. By practicing AMC (the purposeful incorporation of specific actions and procedures into the daily operations of a retail foodservice establishment) facilitates operators/owners can achieve control over foodborne illness risk factors, and ultimately increase food safety within the establishment.

The report, “Active Managerial Control Incentive Programs to Improve Food Safety”, outlines the results of a nationwide survey conducted in early 2021 in an effort to identify key materials and best practices used by regulatory agencies to incentivize AMC at retail food establishments. The assessment report shares some of the ways environmental health organizations can assist food establishments in achieving AMC by providing resources and through the use of AMC Incentive Programs. In addition, industry experts provide advice and ‘lessons learned’ for agencies looking to implement AMC Incentive programs and/or AMC resources for retail food establishments. The infographic was designed to provide easy-to-understand definitions of FSMS and AMC, as well as outline benefits and provide tips for retail food establishment operators.

The full report and infographic can be accessed at the link below.