Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Food Safety Resources

The FNS Office of Food Safety develops education, instruction and technical assistance resources for individuals working in federally funded nutrition assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. Many of these resources are created in partnership with the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN).This page contains links to these resources and other food safety resources that may be helpful to school nutrition and child care employees.

Resource | Policy Memos | CACFP15-2012
Health and Safety Standards for Outside-School-Hours Care Centers and At-Risk Afterschool Care Centers

The purpose of this memorandum is to assist Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) State agencies in determining applicable health and safety standards for outside-school-hours care centers (OSHCC) and at-risk afterschool care centers and documenting compliance with those standards, if applicable.

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 | 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 | 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 | Policy Memos
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): Health and Safety Standards for Outside-School-Hours Care Centers (OSHCCs) and At-Risk Afterschool Care Centers

This memorandum responds to questions we have received on State or local health and safety requirements for OSHCCs and at-risk afterschool care centers in CACFP.

Resource | Policy Memos
State Agency (SA) Oversight of Food Safety Inspections

This document clarifies SA’s oversight responsibilities for food safety inspections under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP).