Bristol Burlington Health District is responsible for licensing and regulating activities involving the preparation and service of food that is sold or given to the public within the Health District. This includes food service establishments, temporary events and itinerant vendors.
The CT General Assembly recently passed Regulations to adopt the 2022 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Model Food Code). The new law began phasing in the FDA Food Code on July 1, 2017 and went into full effect on February 17, 2023, repealing the Connecticut Public Health Code (Sections 19-13-B40, B42, B48, and B49). The FDA Food Code is now fully effective in the state of Connecticut.
Adoption of FDA Model Food Code
Applications and Requirements
* A “Temporary Food Service Event” is defined as a food service establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration. – FDA Food Code 2022. *
Cottage Food Industry Law
As of October 1, 2018, Connecticut Public Act 18-141 Allows cottage food operations. A cottage food operation is one in which the production of specific non-potentially hazardous foods in residential kitchens is allowed provided certain regulations and laws are met.
Please be aware that cottage food operations are regulated and licensed by the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) and not local health departments or health districts. Please contact DCP directly if you have any questions.
For more information click on Cottage Food in Connecticut/ A Guide for Cottage Food Operators.
Click on related sites for more information:
- Connecticut Food Protection Program
- CDC Food Safety
- US Government Food Safety Gateway Page
- FDA Recalls List