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On October 5th, 2018 the Massachusetts Department of Public Health adopted the 2013 FDA Food Code. This Presentation highlights the most significant changes from the 1999 to the 2013 Food Code. 

Restaurants and Retail Food

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Temporary Change of Operation  Application for licensed food establishment to request a change in operation from food establishment to retail food establishment during COVID-19 pandemic
Plan Review Packet  Any establishment interested in storing, preparing, packaging, serving, vending, or otherwise providing food for human consumption is required to obtain a permit to operate a food establishment in the Town of Arlington. A plan review must be completed prior to the issuance of a food permit. This application must be completed by the applicant for any food establishment (retail, sit down, take out etc), except the following: residential kitchens, mobile food vendors, temporary food permits.
Food Permit Renewal Application  Any restaurant, retail food establishment, caterer, or home kitchen is required to fill out a food permit application. This form is only for renewals. New establishments must submit a Plan Review Packet.
Minimum Sanitation Standards for Food Establishments  Massachusetts Regulation pertaining to sanitation of food establishments. Enforced by the local Board of Health
2013 Federal Food Code Federal Code adopted by Massachusetts and amended by 105 CMR 590.00 pertaining to the sanitation of food establishments. Enforced by the local Board of Health


Temporary Events

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Temporary Food Permit Application  A temporary food permit is required for any temporary event where food is sold or served to the public


 Other Permits

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 Mobile Food Mobile Food Vendor 2014 Permit Renewal 
 Residential Kitchen Application Residential Kitchen Application/Information

Helpful Links

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Food Protection Program  Massachusetts food protection resource page 
Choke Save Programs  List of Local Choke Saver Programs 
Food and Drug Administration  Food Safety Information 
Allergen Awareness Information  Information on how to obtain a certificate 
Allergen Awareness Poster Printable Version of Food Allergy Poster


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