SDE: Food Safety for Child Nutrition Programs

Food Safety for Child Nutrition Programs

School Nutrition Programs    CACFP    |   SFSP

Connecticut schools and institutions that participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs must follow the requirements of Connecticut Public Health Code (PHC) Section 19-13-B42. Child care centers, family day care homes, and adult day care centers that participate in the CACFP must follow the USDA's food safety requirements and, as applicable, Connecticut PHC. The USDAs food safety guidance follows the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Food Code.

During the 2017 Connecticut legislative session, Senate Bill 901 was passed to adopt the FDA Food Code. The new code becomes enforceable on July 1, 2018, and will replace the following current food regulations: 19-13-B40, 19-13-B42, 19-13-B48, and 19-13-B49. On July 1, 2018, local food inspectors will begin conducting food establishment inspections based on the FDA Food Code using a new inspection form.

Effective October 1, 2017, hot and cold holding temperatures for foods that require temperature control to prevent bacterial growth must follow the FDA Food Code.

FDA Food Temperature Requirements
Process FDA Food Code 2013
Hot Holding 135 F or above
Cold Holding 41 F or below
Cooling 135 F to 70 F within 2 hours
70 F to 41 F within 6 hours

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      For more resources, review the Food Safety section of the CSDE's resources lists on the Resources for Child Nutrition Programs webpage.

      CONTACT:  Susan Alston at or 860-807-2081
      Connecticut State Department of Education
      Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
      Child Nutrition Programs
      450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
      Hartford, CT 06103-1841

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