Food Protection Program
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The Chatham Health District has approximately 150 food service establishments in the district. The Chatham Health Districts goal is to reduce the public risk of foodborne disease through our food service inspection and education programs. Proper food handling, cooking and storage of foods are essential in preventing foodborne illness.

The Chatham Health District conducts routine inspections of all food service establishments, including, but not limited to restaurants, grocery stores, school cafeterias, snack bars and assisted living facilities. We also regulate temporary food events including, but not limited to, fairs, carnivals and fundraisers where food will be served to the public.

The following activities are performed by the District Sanitarians: 

Periodically inspect all establishments that prepare and serve food that is sold or given to the public.

Review plans for new food service establishments to assure compliance with the CT Public Code.

Investigate all complaints associated with food service establishments.

Identify and investigate all reports of food borne illness (food poisoning).

The District also responds to all inquiries or complaints regarding food establishments.