The Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards represent a crucial aspect of food safety regulation, providing a framework for regulatory agencies and industry players to collaborate in promoting safe and secure food practices, ultimately reducing the occurrence of foodborne illnesses. The standards are designed to promote a culture of food safety, encourage voluntary compliance with regulatory requirements, and ensure that regulatory oversight is risk-based and proportionate to the level of public health risk posed by the retail food establishment. The ultimate objective of the Retail Program Standards is to reduce the occurrence of risk factors that cause and contribute to foodborne illness.
FDA outlines a series of nine standards to 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. In 2023, Richmond County Environmental Health Section became the first county in North Carolina to achieve conformance with all nine Program Standards. This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Richmond County Environmental Health Section and its commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of the community.