MASS FEED

The Model for Analysis, Sharing, and Standardizing Food Electronic Environmental Data (MASS FEED) model is a structure and dictionary of fields, tables, and relationships that describe key jurisdiction, facility, and violation data.

The MASS FEED model is a tool to reliably collect, utilize, share, and assess food service facilities (e.g., cafes, restaurants, and mobile food units) alongside retail food facilities (e.g., grocery stores, vending operations, and farmers markets) using inspection data that comes from numerous agencies. It also provides a common data structure for building environmental health data collection systems.

MASS FEED is designed to be adaptable to changes in technology and regulatory practices, while accommodating diversity in restaurant and retail food facility inspection systems. The model is based on critical fields within risk-based inspection practices as found in the FDA Food Code and a sample of Georgia's statewide database of inspections. The fields were modified to accommodate differences across versions of the Food Code while leveraging data standardization incorporated in the Standard for Aquatic Facility Environments (SAFE-D) model. We developed the SAFE-D model for sharing inspection data related to swimming pool, spas, and other recreational water venues.

The model is a minimum representation of necessary data tables and fields and is not intended to limit any addition of locally essential fields or tables. For example, no fee or financial transaction tables exist in this model but they can be added as separate tables with relationships to the relevant core tables. Every jurisdiction may need to add custom fields and tables relevant to their data and to fit local policies and practices.

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