Project Description

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Active Managerial Control (AMC) is the purposeful incorporation of specific actions and procedures into the daily operations of a retail foodservice establishment to help control foodborne illness risk factors and increase food safety. One tool regulatory bodies including state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) health departments can support and encourage retail food establishments to integrate AMC into their food safety protocols, is by developing an AMC Incentive Program. These programs incentivize awards and recognition in order to encourage the adoption of AMC. Establishments generally qualify for these programs by meeting a set of standards or criteria, thus demonstrating AMC principles within their establishment.  In addition to the AMC Incentive Programs, organizations often provide supplemental resources, such as classes, training materials, and self-assessments. One survey respondent, when speaking about the effectiveness of AMC Incentive Programs said:

“[Facilities who participate in the AMC Incentive Program] have fewer violations, and [we] have been able to conduct fewer inspections… It is a very positive outcome for both the facility and the health department.” 

Here we highlight how regulatory organizations can support establishments within their jurisdiction in achieving AMC. This page includes some of the tools and resources SLTT health departments have developed as part of their AMC Incentive programs. They have been made available to demonstrate best practices and so that those interested can work from these examples. SLTT health departments interested in developing their own AMC incentive programs are encouraged to learn and work from these examples. These resources may also be useful for creating other AMC resources for the retail food establishments.

Highlighted on this page are tools and resources from Arizona’s Maricopa County, Colorado’s Boulder County, and Virginia’s Fairfax County. Visit their websites for more information:

Does your jurisdiction have an AMC incentive program you’d like to see highlighted? Fill out the feedback form at the bottom of this page to tell us about it!


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AMC Incentive Programs
AMC Class
Tools & Resources for Operators
AMC Self-Assessment
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AMC Incentive Programs

The Cutting Edge

Learn more about Maricopa’s AMC Incentive Program, The Cutting Edge, by watching the below YouTube Video. More videos, including a Spanish version, are available on their YouTube channel.

You can see the form Maricopa County facilities can use to enroll in the Cutting Edge program by clicking here (PDF).

The Partners for Food Safety

The Partners for Food Safety Program (PFSP) is a voluntary program that recognizes restaurants and facilities in Boulder County that go above and beyond to keep visitors free from foodborne illness. Learn more here:

PARTNERS FOR FOOD SAFETY PROGRAM (webpage)

Safety Through Actively Managing Practices

Fairfax County’s Safety Through Actively Managing Practices (STAMP) program is a voluntary enrollment program aimed at assessing and promoting proactive food safety practices and recognizing food service establishments for their food safety management systems.

Fairfax County S.T.A.M.P. Program (Webpage)
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AMC Class

View an online version of Maricopa County’s AMC class, Active Managerial Control (AMC) for Food Safety Class, teaching the principles of AMC to operators:

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Tools & Resources for Operators

AMC Toolbox

Check out Maricopa County’s AMC Toolbox where you can find videos and PDF handouts from everything from cold-holding to handwashing. The resources are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Maricopa County ENGLISH AMC TOOLBOX

Tools for Restaurant Managers

Check out Boulder County’s tools for restaurant managers, many of which are provided in English, Spanish, and Chinese:

Boulder County Tools for Restaurant Managers

AMC Toolkit

Check out Fairfax County’s food safety tools and resources here, including fact sheets for several retail food safety topics:

Download the full toolkit (PDF)
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AMC Self-Assessment

Check out Fairfax County’s Self-Assessment Tool. A self-assessment can be helpful for operators who want to review how well they are managing food safety practices within their retail food establishment.

Download the fillable document (.docx)
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Last Updated: 06-21-2021