The Minnesota Department of Agriculture Food and Feed Safety Division is enrolled in the national retail and manufactured food program standards, and the animal feed program standards. The intent of the standards is to increase consistency, efficiency, and effectiveness of regulatory programs throughout the United States.

The Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards cover the following areas:

  1. Regulatory Foundation
  2. Trained Regulatory Staff
  3. Inspection Program Based on HACCP Principles
  4. Uniform Inspection Program
  5. Foodborne Illness and Food Defense Preparedness and Response
  6. Compliance and Enforcement
  7. Industry and Community Relations
  8. Program Support and Resources
  9. Program Assessment

The Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards cover similar areas, including:

  1. Regulatory Foundation
  2. Training Program
  3. Inspection Program
  4. Inspection Audit Program
  5. Food-Related Illness, Outbreaks and Hazards Response
  6. Compliance and Enforcement Program
  7. Industry and Community Relations
  8. Program Resources
  9. Program Assessment
  10. Laboratory Support

The Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards also cover similar areas, including:

  1. Regulatory Foundation
  2. Training
  3. Inspection Program
  4. Auditing
  5. Feed-Related Illness or Death and Emergency Response
  6. Enforcement Program
  7. Outreach Activities
  8. Planning and Resources
  9. Assessment and Improvement
  10. Laboratory Services
  11. Sampling Program