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he Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) were developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Retail Program Standards are meant to build upon existing programs for managing food safety, including the FDA Model Food Code. They lay a foundation and develop a system for continuous improvement that is compatible with both traditional and emerging approaches to food safety. These standards reinforce good retail practices in an effort to reduce the occurrence of risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness.

The Retail Program Standards are a series of nine standards that build capacity with each step. State, local, tribal, and territorial governments can choose to enroll in the program to enhance their pre-existing food safety program.

Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (webpage)
Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards – November 2022 (webpage)

Retail Food Program Standards “Self-Assessment – Audit Verification Summary & Gap Analysis tool (SAVA tool)

The SAVA tool, developed by the FDA, assists enrolled state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions in monitoring and tracking their progress with the Retail Program Standards. The SAVA tool is designed to assist enrolled jurisdictions in tracking progress towards meeting one or more of the Retail Program Standards. It also includes an instruction tab to help users understand how to document advancement toward their goals.

Users can access the SAVA tool by visiting the Retail Program Standards website and scrolling to the “Information about Enrolling and Participating in the Retail Program Standards” section.

For additional information or assistance using the SAVA tool, users can contact their assigned FDA Retail Food Specialist.

Last Updated: 08-29-2022