The 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.