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Guidance for SFAs: Developing a School Food Safety Program Based on the Process Approach to HACCP Principles

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This document serves as USDA guidance for the implementation of HACCP-based food safety programs in schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP). This guidance identifies the minimum elements that must be included in a food safety program based on HACCP principles. SFAs may use this guidance to develop a food safety program that meets the needs of each food production and food service facility in their jurisdiction. SFAs that already have a HACCP-based food safety program in place may retain their current program if it includes all the HACCP principles listed in this guidance. This guidance, however, does not address school food safety inspections because they are a separate requirement.

Page updated: January 10, 2024