On February 17, 2023 the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies were amended by adding Sections 19a-36h-1 to 19a-36h-7. The primary purpose of this regulation was to implement the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code (the “Food Code”), as amended from time to time, and any Food Code Supplements, published by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and implement the requirements outlined in sections 19a-36g through 19a-36m, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes.

Adoption of the Food Code was done to align Connecticut with the majority of other states that have moved towards a national, uniform regulatory system that provides a scientific foundation and legal framework for regulating the foodservice industry. Adoption of the Food Code will provide consistency with federal performance standards currently established and implemented in Connecticut, as well as consistency with foodservice industry practices.

The FDA recognizes the need for individualized state requirements governing inspections, waivers, certification of inspectors and permitting or licensing of food establishments, ensuring the safe handling of food and enforcement of the Food Code. Thus, in addition to adopting the Food Code this regulation is necessary to implement Connecticut’s individualized requirements. Additionally, the regulation repeals sections 19-13-B40, 19-13-B42, 19- 13-B48, 19-13-B49, which are outdated and in conflict with the current requirements of the Food Code and these regulations.

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