Food and Nutrition

Today's food retailing and distribution system is the most efficient in the world, providing a consistent and safe food supply to American families every day. NGA and its members are firmly committed to providing consumers with safe and high-quality food products. From labeling requirements to nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), and Healthy Food Financing Initiatives (HFFI), NGA works closely with many agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS) to ensure independent supermarket operators are represented at the federal level and have the timeliest information possible to best serve our customers.

Food Safety

Ensuring the safety of America’s food supply is a top priority for NGA and its members.  Below are a number of resources for retail supermarkets.

NGA members can submit food safety questions to foodsafety@nationalgrocers.org.

Listeria Assessment in Retail Deli 

USDA-FSIS is conducting a year-long survey to assess if retail delis are following the FSIS Best Practices Guidance for Controlling Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Retail Delicatessens. The Guidance includes a 34 question Self-Assessment. These are the same questions the FSIS Compliance Investigator will be using during their assessment.  The Guidance and Self-Assessment tool are available for download HERE.

In addition to the Listeria guidance document, FSIS has also developed a brochure with best practice tips for deli operations. The brochure is available for download HERE.

NOTE: These are guidance documents and not necessarily Federal or State requirements. 

FSMA Training Requirements

FSMA requires all covered facilities, including distribution centers, to have a food safety plan written and managed by an individual who is identified as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). More information on training requirements and a list of available courses can be found at the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) website at http://www.iit.edu/ifsh/alliance/index.shtml.

Grinding Logs for Beef

USDA-FSIS is requiring retailers to keep records on the source, lot number and additional information on all beef ground in the store.  NGA has developed a “model” grinding log that contains all of the information required under the new regulations.  To access the NGA sample grinding log, click HERE

To learn more contact:

Chris Jones, Vice President, Government Relations & Council: cjones@nationalgrocers.org

Other contacts:

Greg Ferrara, Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs: Gferrara@nationalgrocers.org 
Matt Foley, Senior Manager, Government Relations: MFoley@nationalgrocers.org 
Press inquiriescommunications@nationalgrocers.org