ABOUT THE COLLABORATIVE

The Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative (Collaborative) includes: the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Conference for Food Protection (CFP), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). These agencies and organizations are working together to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness.

Our work focuses on developing a national strategy for adoption of the latest editions of the FDA Food Code, promoting and improving food safety culture, increasing enrollment and active participation and conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards, improving foodborne illness outbreak investigations, improving food safety management systems at retail food facilities, and enhancing effective communications and sharing of best practices among retail food protection partners.

CURRENT COLLABORATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

  • AFDO: Steve Mandernach, Natalie Adan, Steve Moris
  • CDC: Laura Brown
  • CFP: David McSwane, David Lawrence, Brenda Bacon
  • FDA: Laurie Farmer, Glenda Lewis
  • NACCHO: Jennifer Li, Chelsea Gridley-Smith
  • NEHA: David Dyjack, Laura Wildey, Rance Baker

COLLABORATIVE MEMBERS

Second Meeting of the Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative

Second Meeting of the Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative, Rockville, MD January 29-30, 2020

Pictured (left to right): Laura Brown, Girvin Liggans, Brenda Bacon, John Marcello, James Fear, Steve Moris, David Lawrence, David Dyjack, Natalie Adan, Laurie Farmer, Timothy Weigner, David McSwane, Eric Bradley, Steven Mandernach, Jennifer Li, Alan Tart, Chelsea Gridley-Smith, John Stoll, Elizabeth O’Malley, Chris Smith, Amy Chang, Kimberly Destromp, Mary Cartagena, Vince Radke 

OUR FOUNDING MEMBERS

Founding Members at the Retail Food Safety Summit

Retail Regulatory Association Summit, June 4 – 6, 2019.

Pictured (left to right): Girvin Liggans, Glenda Lewis, Elizabeth O’Malley, Mary Cartagena, Kimberly Demstrop, Chris Smith, Eric Bradley, John Marcello, Laurie Farmer, James Fear, David Lawrence, Natalie Adan, Brenda Bacon, Vince Radke, Timothy Weigner, Alan Tart, Jennifer Li, Steven Mandernach, Amy Chang

OUR STORY

Beginning in the fall of 2018 representatives from the US Food and Drug Administration with a vested interest in bending the curve of foodborne illness at the retail level, held meetings with the leadership of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), Conference for Food Protection (CFP), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).

These conversations began building stronger relationships and setting the stage for a joint meeting where these partners could coordinate and align efforts to reduce foodborne illness associated with the retail sector. As a result, the first-ever Retail Food Regulatory Association Summit was held June 4 – 6, 2019.

During this Summit, these stakeholders and leaders:

  • learned about each Association’s missions, constituency, and current initiatives supporting retail;
  • established a strategic goal: “to reduce foodborne illness by reducing the occurrence of risk factors”;
  • identified joint initiatives currently underway;
  • brainstormed and prioritized short and long-term future initiatives;
  • and developed action plans to complete top-tier, short-term priorities.

The group established several long-term priorities to further their strategic goal, including, but not limited to:

  • Identifying, assessing, and promoting implementation of effective intervention strategies to reduce foodborne illness risk factor occurrence;
  • Building upon the FDA’s Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards technical assistance strategy to provide a “multiplier effect” to promote participation and implementation of the standards by state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) retail food regulatory programs;
  • Assessing the application of risk-based inspection methods by SLTT regulatory jurisdictions;
  • Identifying and issuing joint recommendations with the FDA on emerging retail food safety issues; and
  • Developing methods to better share information among stakeholders.

Additionally, subgroups were established to accomplish specific goals identified. This included the development of ground rules that lay the operational foundation for the newly formed partnership supporting development of a toolkit to promote complete adoption of the most recent FDA Food Code by retail food regulatory programs. Subsequently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also became a partner in this endeavor, working collaboratively on these initiatives.

From this effort, the Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative, as it later came to be known, was born. The Collaborative was recognized at the 25th Annual FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs Honor Awards celebration and as of FY20, was positioned to begin addressing long-term priorities.

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THE COLLABORATIVE

These organizations, along with our partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, make up the Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative.

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