The Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) provide a system for continuous improvement in retail food safety. This series of nine standards build capacity with each step and reinforce good retail practices in an effort to reduce the occurrence of risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness. The Retail Program Standards are meant to build upon existing programs for managing food safety, including the FDA Food Code.
The Retail Program Standards were developed by FDA. State, local, tribal, and territorial governments can choose to enroll in the program to enhance their pre-existing food safety program.