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State Agency (SA) Oversight of Food Safety Inspections

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DATE:April, 5, 2000
SUBJECT:State Agency (SA) Oversight of Food Safety Inspections
TO:Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions

We recently received a request for clarification of SA’s oversight responsibilities for food safety inspections under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP).

Specifically, §210.13(b) and §220.7(a-2) require participating schools to obtain food safety inspections conducted by a state or local government agency responsible for such inspections at least once a year if a state or local governmental agency does not otherwise require inspections. This requirement does not apply to schools that must comply with state or local requirements for food safety inspections even if the timeframes for these inspections are less frequent than annual.

SA’s must verify, either through the Coordinated Review Effort (CRE) or other monitoring methods, that the food safety inspection, as required under §210.13(b) and §220.7(a-2), took place and that violations, if any, were corrected. This means that the SA is responsible for verifying the occurrence of all food safety inspections whether they are carried out under state or local laws or under our newly revised regulation. Please note that if a state or local governmental agency responsible for food safety inspections conducts annual voluntary inspections in schools, these inspections may be counted toward meeting the annual requirement.

The SA may add questions to the General Area of the CRE to establish that food safety inspections were obtained in accordance with §210.13(b) or §220.7(a-2), and that violations, if any, were corrected.

Child Nutrition Division

Page updated: January 10, 2024

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.