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Issue Number: Council II 005


Re-create - Inspection Form Scoring Committee

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The Conference recommends re-creating the Inspection Form Scoring Committee during 2010-2012 to further develop a model scoring system as outlined in the charges below.

Public Health Significance

A model scoring system will provide a uniform method to communicate food establishment inspection scores to regulators, the public, and the regulated industry throughout the country. A uniform system will also assist regulators and the regulated industry in redirecting resources so they are prioritized on improving food employee behaviors and food preparation practices that minimize the risk of foodborne illness.

Recommended Solution: The Conference recommends...

re-creating the Inspection Form Scoring Committee during 2010-2012 to:

1. Continue working with academic researchers to:

  • Investigate and determine the most effective Foodservice Establishment scoring system, based on the current identified risk factors and interventions identified in the FDA Food Code, and for use with the current FDA Food Establishment Inspection Form; including the possible development of a scoring system for the FDA Model Food Establishment Inspection Report Form.
  • Determine the most effective way to communicate the Food Establishment Inspection scores to the public so they have access to information in advance of choosing where to dine or where to purchase food items; including the possible development of a method to post inspection scores so that the public has access to the information in advance of choosing where to dine and purchase food items.
  • Identify funding sources to conduct research and provide a letter of support for funding already identified.

2. Report the committee's findings back to the Conference for Food Protection at the 2012 Biennial Meeting.

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