Active Managerial Control Incentive Programs Assessment Report

This report outlines the results of the nationwide Active Managerial Control Incentive Programs to Improve Food Safety survey. The assessment report provides insight into key materials and resources used for AMC and features details of several successful AMC Incentive Programs offered to retail food establishments by environmental health agencies across the nation. In addition, industry experts in AMC provide advice and ‘lessons learned’ for agencies who may be looking to implement their own AMC Incentive programs and/or AMC resources for retail food establishments.

A few highlights of the report include:

  • The most common resources provided by responding organizations focus on the topics of Employee Health/Personal Hygiene and Cooking/Reheating/Cooling/Holding/Thawing.
  • Over 50% of the responding organizations indicated that they have an AMC Incentive Program for retail food establishments, and some reported benefits of AMC Incentive Programs include, “Better inspection scores, reduced risk factor violations, better working relationships, and less FBI [foodborne illness] outbreaks.”
  • Respondents suggested starting small, providing a set of key materials for retail food establishments on a webpage, and promoting resources during in-person inspections.

Active Managerial Control (AMC) is the purposeful incorporation of specific actions and procedures into the daily operations of a retail foodservice establishment. Through these actions, operators/owners can achieve control over foodborne illness risk factors, ultimately increasing food safety within the establishment. Environmental health organizations can assist food establishments in their journey to achieving AMC by providing supportive resources and through the use of AMC Incentive Programs.