Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 4: Nutrition and Food Service

4.9 Food Safety

4.9.0 Compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Sanitation Standards, State and Local Rules

The facility should conform to the applicable portions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration model food sanitation standards (1) and all applicable state and local food service rules and regulations for centers and large and small family child care homes regarding safe food protection and sanitation practices. If federal model standards and local regulations are in conflict, the health authority with jurisdiction should determine which requirement the facility must meet.
Minimum standards for food safety are based on current scientific data that demonstrate the conditions required to prevent contamination of food with infectious and toxic substances that cause foodborne illness. Many of these standards have been placed in statutes and must be complied with by law.

Federal, state, and local food safety codes, regulations, and standards may be in conflict. In these circumstances, the decision of the regulatory health authority should prevail.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Model Food Code is a good resource to have on hand. The current Food Code is available at
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  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 2009. 2009 Food code. College Park, MD: FDA.