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FDA Food Code Effective 2/17/23 – NVHD Revised Food Code Effective 5/1/23
|The state of Connecticut adopted several portions of the FDA Food Code in 2017 and were scheduled to fully adopt and implement the FDA Food Code in its entirety by January, 2019, replacing the Connecticut Public Health Code food safety sections. Then the pandemic and other issues put a pause on this state-wide initiative.
On Thursday, February 9th, local health departments were notified that the FDA Food Code would be posted by the Secretary of the State and go into effect on February 17, 2023. Local health departments were anticipating several months to transition from the current Connecticut Code to the FDA Food Code, unfortunately, this is not the case.
We understand that you will have many questions, as do local health departments. Attached is a copy of the new inspection form so that you can familiarize yourself and your staff with the new format and violations. The CT Department of Public Health will be providing training for our staff. In turn, we will provide training opportunities for food establishment owners and managers.
Some key points to keep in mind:
The Naugatuck Valley Health District is committed to working with you throughout the transition process and will continue to provide updates and answers to your questions and concerns. NVHD inspectors will be spending additional time in the field explaining the new inspection process to you, and will be glad to answer any additional questions at that time. Alternatively, you may contact us at 203-881-3255, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to review the 2022 FDA Food Code, the summary of changes which can be found at the FDA website: https://www.fda.gov/food/fda-food-code/food-code-2022.
The NVHD Board of Directors approved the revised NVHD Food Code at its regular meeting on April 11, 2023. NVHD held a Public Hearing on its revised Food Code on April 26, 2023. The revised NVHD Food Code is effective May 1, 2023 and may be reviewed here or by visiting the Environmental Health section of our website.