In search of the ingredients of a successful retail food compliance program

D. Z. McSwane, J. A. Palmer, F. J. Vilardo, E. L. Mitter

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    A one-year study was conducted to determine the status of retail food protection law enforcement programs and identify factors that particularly enhanced or impeded the attainment of compliance with retail food protection requirements. The study group consisted of 47 state and local retail food regulatory systems located throughout the United States. These systems were responsible for providing food protection activities for the various types of food service establishments, retail food stores and vending machine operations within their jurisdictions. Structured telephone interviews were conducted with individuals in the mainstream of program activity as well as those who, because of their familiarity with the system, could be considered knowledgeable observers. On the basis of information generated by the interviews and quantitative data sheets and other pertinent printed materials supplied by each system, several elements considered by study participants as crucial to the overall effectiveness of retail food compliance programs were identified. While these elements cannot guarantee program success, they do appear to make significant contributions to the overall effectiveness of compliance efforts.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)341-346
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Environmental Health
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
    • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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