NEW FOOD CODE REGULATIONS
In September 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health promulgated new regulations (adopting the 2013 FDA Federal Food Code) affecting all food establishments. These changes went into effect immediately.
The changes are summarized in the document Overview of Changes to 105 CMR 590.00
The Concord Health Division will be offering mandatory, no-cost training on the new Food Code requirements in early 2019. Notices with training dates will be sent out in early January to all Food Service Operators.
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The 2013 FDA Food Code is available on FDA’s website at: https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/RetailFoodProtection/FoodCode/ucm374275.htm
The Updated 105 CMR 590.000: https://www.mass.gov/regulations/105-CMR-59000-state-sanitary-code-chapter-x-minimum-sanitation-standards-for-food
“Merged” Food Code changes including changes to 2013 Food Code and 105 CMR 590.000 is available at: https://www.mass.gov/lists/proposed-amendments-to-regulations-sanitation-standards-for-food-establishments-retail-food
MDPH Food Protection Program website is: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/food-protection-program. The website is currently being updated to support the food code; check back frequently for updated guidance and templates.
The Town of Concord uses a Risk Based Food Inspection Program. Risk Based Inspections focus and prioritize 5 broad categories of risk factors that most often contribute to food borne illness. Inspectors focus on evaluating the degree of active managerial control that an operator has over risk factors. They will spend the majority of their time observing the practices and procedures that are likely to lead to out-of-control risk factors. The program evaluates all facilities and rates them on the following factors:
- Types of Food and intended uses
- Food Preparation and processing
- Equipment and facility
- Management and employee food knowledge
- Food safety management program
- Regulatory compliance
- Volume of food
- Typical patronage