Food Protection Program

The Department of Health and Human Services in the City of Danbury is responsible for overseeing and regulating all food service establishments. This includes restaurants, markets, caterers, private clubs, itinerant vendors, school cafeterias, group homes, daycare centers, nursing homes, and temporary events. Additionally, the Department evaluates proposals for new food service establishments and offers re-inspections upon the owner's request if they are dissatisfied with their current rating.

Danbury is renowned for its diverse range of temporary food service events, and our dedicated team places significant emphasis on ensuring that vendors operating food booths are well-versed in food safety practices. Our team, composed of Public Health Inspectors and Sanitarians, conducts surprise inspections regularly at all licensed food establishments. These inspections, coupled with educational efforts, play a crucial role in safeguarding the public from food-related illnesses.

The Connecticut Assembly recently passed regulations to adopt the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Model Food Code in the State of Connecticut. This new law began phasing in on July 1, 2017. With the passing of the recent regulations, the FDA Food Code is now effective in the State of Connecticut as of February 17, 2023. 

The City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services recognizes that the adoption of the FDA Food Code in Connecticut will be an adjustment for everyone, including establishment owners and operators as well as for us at the Health Department. We are committed to working with you throughout the transition process as we collectively ensure the health and safety of the public while implementing the new requirements in accordance with the FDA Food Code. 

As you prepare for this implementation, please review the 2022 FDA Food Code, which can be found on the FDA Food Code website. 

Additionally, please be aware of the following information and/or requirements that are new:

  • Inspection Form – The City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services will be utilizing a new inspection report form (see enclosed). Inspection reports will no longer provide a number score. Violations will be categorized as “Priority”, “Priority Foundation”, and “Core”. These categories align with the risk of foodborne illness relative to the violation. Each violation category has its own compliance timeline associated with it (See Section 8-405 of the FDA Food Code). 
    1. Priority items eliminate, prevent, or reduce to an acceptable level, hazards that cause foodborne illness or injury (e.g., appropriate handwashing)
    2. Priority Foundation items provide support to Priority items (e.g., soap provided to support proper handwashing)
    3. Core items are related to general sanitation/maintenance and standard operating procedures (e.g., floors are easily cleanable)
  • Person in Charge – Each Class 1, 2, 3, and 4 food establishment shall have a person in charge (PIC) who meets the requirements of Section 2-102.11 of the FDA Food Code and who is on-site at the food establishment at all times the establishment is operating. 
    1. The person in charge at all Class 2, 3, and 4 food establishments shall hold a valid certificate to be a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) (See Section 2-102.12 of the FDA Food Code). For a list of approved testing organizations, please visit the Conference for Food Protection Directory website at
  • Date-Marking – Food establishments will be required to implement a date-marking system for certain foods stored in the establishment (See Section 3-501-17 of the FDA Food Code). 
  • Signage and Advisories – 
    1. A sign or poster that notifies food employees to wash their hands shall be provided at all handwashing sinks used by food employees and shall be clearly visible (See Section 6-301.14 of the FDA Food Code). 
    2. Food establishments shall notify consumers by written notification of the presence of major food allergens as an ingredient in unpackaged food items that are served or sold to the customer (See Section 3-602.12 of the FDA Food Code). Written notification can be provided in many forms such as: physical or electronic means, including, but not limited to, brochures, deli case or menu notifications, label statements, table tents, placards, or other effective written means. Notify the customer to the presence of major food allergens may prevent an inadvertent exposure. 
  • Written Clean-Up Procedure for Vomiting or Diarrheal Events – Food establishments shall have a written policy regarding procedures for employees to follow when responding to vomiting or diarrheal events in the food establishment. The procedure shall address the specific actions employees must take to minimize the spread of contamination and exposure of employees, consumers, food and surfaces (See Section 2-501.11 of the FDA Food Code). 

The information presented in this letter is only a small portion of the changes that will take place relative to the adoption of the FDA Food Code. To learn more, please refer to the 2022 FDA Food Code Handbook.