Food Services

Public health is on the menu.

NDDH regularly inspects food service establishments to assure that safe food handling procedures are followed and to check that safeguards are in place to protect food from contamination by food handlers, cross-contamination, and contamination from other sources. Click here for website resources regarding food safety, proper food preparation, recalls, and food handling during emergencies.

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Click here for forms needed to:

  • Open a restaurant
  • Renew a permit
  • Serve food to the public
  • Attend a Food Awareness Safety Training class
  • Attend a Qualified Food Operators class

Did you know?

There are over 400 food service establishments in the NDDH service area! Food services establishment inspections are conducted one to four times a year, based on classification categories set forth by the State of Connecticut. All food service establishments are permitted annually.

For Food Service Establishment Owners:
Water Contamination/Interruption at Food Service Establishments

Water contamination or interruption of service can drastically impact a food service establishment's ability to operate. Examples of water emergencies, include, but are not limited to, E. coli contamination, an interruption of water service, or an inadequate supply of water. The following documents are provided by the CT Department of Public Health Food Protection Program to assist food service operators in times of water emergencies:

General Guidance - Water Emergencies at Food Establishments

Bulk Water Hauling at Food Establishments

Interim Measures for E. coli Contamination/Water Supply Interruption at Food Establishments - This documents includes the acceptable corrective actions that must be taken with operations and associated equipment during a water emergency.

Guidelines for Reopening of Food Establishments after a Water Emergency

NDDH encourages all food service establishments to have a business continuity of operations plan (COOP) in place to address operations in times of emergency. Having a plan for service interruption is good for your business...and for the customers who count on you.

FDA Food Product Recall List