Resource | Policy Memos | SP37-2013
Enhancing the School Food Safety Program FAQs

This memorandum and its attachment supersede SP-37-2011, Child Nutrition 2010: Enhancing the School Food Safety Program. Attached are Questions and Answers regarding the school food safety requirements for schools participating in Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Child Nutrition Programs.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP45-2011
Food Safety Inspections in Service-Only Sites Participating in the School Meals Programs

This memorandum satisfies GAO’s recommendations for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to issue more specific guidance to States and school districts regarding the applicability of the food safety inspections requirement in schools that do not prepare food, such as those that only serve pre-packaged meals or meals delivered from a central preparation location (referred to in this memorandum as service-only sites). 

Resource | Rule
Final Rule: School Food Safety Program Based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Principles - Approval of Information Collection Request

The final rule entitled School Food Safety Program Based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Principles (HACCP) was published on Dec. 15, 2009, which implemented a legislative provision requiring school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to develop a school food safety program for the preparation and service of school meals served to children.

Resource | Rule
Final Rule: School Food Safety Program Based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Principles

This final rule implements a legislative provision which requires school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to develop a school food safety program for the preparation and service of school meals served to children.

Resource | Rule
Final Rule: School Food Safety Inspections

This final rule adopts without change the food safety inspections requirements for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) set forth in a previous interim rule issued by the Food and Nutrition Service as a result of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. Schools participating in the lunch and breakfast programs must obtain two inspections per year, post the most recent inspection report in a visible location, and release a copy of the report to members of the public upon request.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP39-2008
Responsibility to Request Food Safety Inspections

A number of schools nationwide are still having difficulty obtaining the two food safety inspections required by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. Although the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) realizes that many of the difficulties schools face are beyond their control, we would like to stress that local program operators are responsible for requesting the food safety inspections from the public health department and documenting their efforts.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: School Food Safety Program Based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Principles

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to implement a school food safety program for the preparation and service of school meals served to children. The school food safety program must comply with the hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) system established by the Secretary of Agriculture. This proposal would enable schools to take systematic action to prevent or minimize the risk of foodborne illness in the NSLP and SBP.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP05-2008
Food Safety Inspections in Non-Traditional School Settings

This memo clarifies how the food safety inspection requirement is to be carried out by program operators on military bases, Indian reservations and Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs).

Resource | Policy Memos | SP25-2006
Monitoring SFA Implementation of HACCP-Based Food Safety Program

This memorandum provides interim guidance to the State Agencies (SAs) on monitoring school food authority (SFA) implementation of the food safety program required by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.

Resource | Rule
Interim Rule: School Food Safety Inspections - Confirmation of Effective Date

The provisions of the interim rule entitled School Food Safety Inspections published on June 15, 2005, at 70 FR 34627, could not become effective until approval of the associated information collection requirements by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Those requirements were cleared by OMB on August 26, 2005 under OMB Control Number 0584-0006. This document announces the effective date of the information collection provisions contained in the originally-published rule.