Adoption of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Model Food Code
This past legislative session, the CT General Assembly passed a bill that will make the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Model Food Code Connecticut’s food code beginning July 1, 2018. This new law will result in a variety of changes for the food establishments in CT and the local health departments that regulate them. Implementation of Public Act 17-93 began on July 1, 2017. For information about the implementation deadlines, please see the CT Department of Public Health Food Protection Program Circular letter. (EHS Circular Letter #2017-16)
- Effective July 1, 2017, the acidification of sushi rice and sous vide cooking will be allowed only with a variance from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. If you use or wish to use these techniques, contact your MHD Sanitarian for more information on applying for a variance.
- Effective October 1, 2017, cold holding temperatures will decrease from 45 degrees Fahrenheit or below to 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
- Effective October 1, 2017, hot holding temperatures will change from a minimum of 140 degrees Fahrenheit to a minimum of 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
**Beginning October 1, 2017, Milford Health Department (MHD) Sanitarians will debit potentially hazardous foods – now known as time/temperature controlled for safety (TCS) foods – that are not hot or cold held at the new temperatures of 135 degrees F. or higher or 41 degrees F. or less.**
- Effective October 1, 2017, food establishments will be reclassified to meet the FDA food classification definitions. These changes will be reflected on your MHD permit renewal application in February 2018. The adoption of the FDA food classification definitions will result in a change in classification for many food establishments. Click here for more information.
- Effective December 1, 2017, City of Milford Code of Ordinances Chapter 8, Food and Food Establishments has been amended to align with Public Act 17-93 and the FDA Food Code.
- Effective December 1, 2017, the Milford Health Department licensing and fee structure has been amended to be in compliance with those standards set forth in the FDA Model Food Code. Please review the MHD 2018 fee schedule that will be effective for the February 2018 re-licensing.
- Effective July 1, 2018, Qualified Food Operators (QFOs) will be known as Certified Food Protection Managers (CFPM).
- Effective July 1, 2018, Class II, III and IV food establishments will be required to have trained Certified Food Protection Managers. Upon the expiration date specified on their certificate, current QFOs will be required to renew their certification. Click here for a list of the approved training programs.
**Expiration dates on your training certificate will be closely reviewed for compliance with the FDA food code. If it has been more than five years since your certification (ex. ServSafe), you will be required to retake the exam and obtain a new certificate. Please start planning now to ensure that your training is up to date.**
- Effective July 1, 2018, all food establishments will be required to register with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH) before a licensed is issued or renewed by the Milford Health Department. Information on how to register with the CTDPH will be forthcoming.
- Effective July 1, 2018, all Milford Health Department food service inspectors are required to complete training to be certified as FDA Food Code inspectors.
- Effective July 1, 2018, MHD Sanitarians will be utilizing a new inspection report form. Inspection reports will no longer provide a number score. Violations will be categorized as “Priority”, “Priority Foundation” and “Core” which align with risk of that violation as it relates to foodborne illness. More information regarding this system will be forthcoming.
For general questions about the FDA changes, please contact the Milford Health Department 203-783-3287 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here to read the official letter from the Director of Health to all local owner operators with regard to the upcoming changes to the food code.
Click here to view Public Act 17-93
- Establishment Inspections
- Plan Reviews
- Temporary Events
- Proper Food Handling Training for Volunteers
The Milford Health Department wants public events sponsored by all organizations to be successful and safe. To that end, event organizers who are including food service as part of their event are required to register the event by completing an Event Coordinator/Sponsor – Temporary Event Application. It is the responsibility of each sponsoring organization to ensure that those involved in food service complete a Temporary Food Service Permit Application, and have adequate knowledge and take appropriate precautions to insure that the consuming public is safe from food borne illness.
- Any new establishment opening in Milford
- Converting/remodeling existing non-food service structures to Food Service Establishments
- Significant changes in menu/major renovations to existing food service establishments
- An existing establishment that has been closed for a considerable length of time