Retail Food Risk Factor Study Toolkit

The Retail Food Risk Factor Study Toolkit provides several resources to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions working towards conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards – Standard 9 conduct retail food risk factor studies.

These resources, developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, include:

  • Risk factor study overview and guidance
  • Sample size calculator and statistics guide
  • FDA Food Code reference crosswalk
  • Study checklist and data collection forms for restaurants and retail stores
  • Marking instructions for data collectors

Risk factor studies analyze the practices and behaviors that contribute to foodborne illness outbreaks. Completing these studies and implementing interventions based on the findings can help reduce risk factors and improve food safety compliance in retail settings.

See our other tools related to the Voluntary National Retail Program Standards.

Last updated: April 4, 2024