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Active Managerial Control (AMC)

Active managerial control means the purposeful incorporation of specific actions or procedures by industry management into the operation of their business to attain control over foodborne illness risk factors. It embodies a preventive rather than reactive approach to food safety  through a continuous system of monitoring and verification. The idea of AMC originates from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). You can read more about it in the FDA Food Code 2009: Annex 4.

The health inspector should never be the first person to tell you that you have a problem with a refrigerator, or that your rapid cooling methods aren't working. It is in your best interest to already have a system in place to monitor for, and address these problems when they come up. AMC consists of three parts:

  1. Policies: These lay out a clear plan for your employees to follow.
  2. Training: Ensure that your employees are trained to your policies so that they know them and can follow them.
  3. Verification:  A way to ensure on a regular basis that the policies are being followed.

Let's use the example of a refrigerator that isn't working and is holding food at 50ºF. You would have policies that state all potentially hazardous food (PHF) must be held at or below 41ºF, and that a designated employee will check the temperatures in the refrigerators on a regular basis. You would make sure that your employee has sufficient training to understand the policy, as well as the training to know how to check the temperatures in the refrigerators. The employee must also be trained on what corrective action to take if they find PHF above 41ºF. Finally, they would document their findings and any action taken on a daily temperature log. This acts as verification, so that the manager can review the logs and know what is going on in his/her restaurant even when he/she isn't there. When an AMC system is in place, restaurant operators find violations long before the health inspector does and that means less violations.

We've intentionally provided you these AMC tools in a Word document format. This is so that you can download it, customize it to your operation, and make it your own.



AMC Tools




Cleaning and Sanitizing Food Contact Surfaces  
Controlling Time and Temperature During Preparation  
Cooking Potentially Hazardous Foods  
Cooling Potentially Hazardous Foods  
Date Marking Ready-to-Eat, Potentially Hazardous Food  
Handling a Food Recall  
Holding Hot and Cold Potentially Hazardous Foods  
Personal Hygiene  
Preventing Contamination at Food Bars  
Preventing Cross-Contamination During Storage and Preparation  
Receiving Deliveries  
Reheating Potentially Hazardous Foods  
Serving Food  
Storing and Using Poisonous or Toxic Chemicals  
Transporting Food to Remote Sites (Satellite Kitchens)  
Using and Calibrating Thermometers  
Using Suitable Utensils When Handling Ready-to-Eat Foods  
Using Time Alone as a Public Health Control (TPHC)  
Washing Fruits and Vegetables  
Washing Hands  

Verification Tools


Cooking and Reheating Temperature Log   
Cooling Temperature Log  
Damaged or Discarded Product Log  
Food Contact Surfaces Cleaning and Sanitizing Log   
Food Safety Checklist   
Production Log  
Receiving Log  
Refrigeration Log  
Thermometer Calibration Log  

Training Tools

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If you need an AMC policy or tool that you don't see here, contact us and we'll do our best to create it for you!