New Resources for Conducting Retail Food Risk Factor Studies

The Retail Food Risk Factor Study Toolkit provides several new resources to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions working towards conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards – Standard 9 conduct retail food risk factor studies.

These new resources, developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), include:

  • Risk factor study overview and guidance
  • Sample size calculator and statistics guide
  • FDA Food Code reference crosswalk
  • Study checklist and data collection forms for restaurants and retail stores
  • Marking instructions for data collectors

Risk factor studies analyze the practices and behaviors that contribute to foodborne illness outbreaks. Completing these studies and implementing interventions based on the findings can help reduce risk factors and improve food safety compliance in retail settings.

FDA retail specialists are available to provide assistance with study design, training, data analysis, workshops, and using the agency’s risk factor study database.

These resources continue the work of the FDA’s National Retail Food Team, which conducted a 10-year risk factor study from 1998-2008 and launched a new 10-year study cycle in 2013. The initial data collections establish baselines, with additional data collected every three years to analyze trends over time.