Analysis of Factors Influencing the Implementation of Risk-Based Inspections: A Study Conducted with Local Retail Food Regulatory Programs

Jan 03, 2022 | Anu Varma

To aid the expansion of State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) regulatory programs using risk-based inspections (RBIs) to advance smarter food safety, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) conducted a study in 2021 to identify, better understand, and assess the application of RBI methods currently employed by local retail food regulatory programs while seeking to identify the overarching barriers preventing application of RBI methods.

The study identified success factors by jurisdictions implementing risk-based inspections—such as funding, training, and leadership buy-in—as well as common barriers – such as inadequate staffing and time needed to train existing staff. Based on the findings, actionable recommendations were derived for national retail food safety partners, federal agencies, and SLTT regulatory programs.

View the report.

New Infographic: Why Risk Based Inspections in Retail Food Safety Matter for Local Health Departments

Based on this 2021 study, NACCHO and CFP released a new infographic to highlight how RBI implementation can help improve your local health department’s (LHD’s) relationship with retail food establishments to promote smarter food safety within local jurisdictions. The infographic highlights key strategies LHDs can use to implement RBIs and includes resources from retail food safety partners that could help advance RBI implementation in your jurisdiction.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/RBIInfographicFinal


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Anupama Varma is a Communications Specialist for Environmental Health at NACCHO.

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