Food Code Revisions

2013 Food Code Update - Information for Retail Food Establishment Owners 

On September 12, 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health amended 105 CMR 590.000: State Sanitary Code Chapter X: Minimum Sanitation Standards for Food Establishments to include sections of the 2013 FDA Food Code with amendments made by FDA in 2015. The amendments were published in the Massachusetts Register on October 5, 2018 and became effective upon publication. All Retail Food Establishments in Massachusetts are required to make the necessary changes to be compliant with the new standards. The updates to the State Sanitary Code is going to alter the way that your Health Officers conduct their routine food establishment inspections.

For this reason, we strongly urge our Food Establishments to review all the helpful materials and information on this page, and always if you have any questions to reach out to your Establishments assigned Health Officer, or call the Watertown Health Department at 617-972-6446. We look forward to working together to ensure a smooth transition to the new requirements.

On July 1, 2019, the Watertown Health Department will go live with inspections guided by the updated 2013 Food Code. It is expected that all establishments in the Town of Watertown are in full compliance of the 2013 Food Code update during routine inspections beginning on July 1, 2019.

Resources Regarding the Update

Thank you to everyone who attended the Food Code Update Training hosted by the Watertown Health Department Environmental Team! If you were unable to attend the training or would like to review the information that was presented, please see a copy of the training presentation slides (PDF). Also view:


General Resources

Forms & Guidance Documents

Helpful Food Safety Guidance Documents