Food Service Establishments

NEW!  Ledge Light Health District is responsible for licensing and regulating activities involving the preparation and service of food that is sold or given to the public within the District. This includes traditional food service establishments, temporary events, and vendors.

Effective January 1, 2019, Connecticut will be switching to the FDA Food Code. Ledge Light Health District has revised their Foodservice Regulation to reflect the changes associated with the adoption of the FDA Food Code.

The District Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, December 13th at 5:30 PM at 216 Broad Street, New London to consider the adoption of these proposed revisions. The public is welcome to attend and speak during the public comment portion of the board meeting. If you would like further details, please contact Katie Baldwin at 860-910-0388. View or download a copy of the draft regulation.


East Lyme Food Service Establishments – Update 11/30/18

Water testing conducted by the East Lyme Water Department following two water main breaks on 11/28/18 came back negative for bacterial contamination. The boil water advisory for the areas of Lovers Lane east to the Flanders Four Corners and south from the Flanders Four Corners to Society Road on Route 161 has been lifted and the water is now considered safe to drink with the following requirements. Prior to resuming normal functions at your establishment, the following procedures must occur: Run all water fixtures for 2-5 minutes until the water is cold to the touch, clean and sanitize all water fixtures connected to public water, clean and sanitize all food contact surfaces, change all water filter and treatment equipment and flush and refill any hot water tanks. Please reference the Guidelines for Reopening of Food Establishments after a Water Emergency.


Restaurants and Licensed Kitchens

Ledge Light Health District is responsible for licensing and regulating activities involving the preparation and service of food that is sold or given to the public within the District. This includes restaurants, licensed kitchens, temporary events, vendors, and caterers.

Although the codes and regulations regarding food service inspection are complex, you can get a better understanding of the inspection criteria (a risk-based, 100 point system, with debit items ranging from 1-4 points) from the Compliance Guide for Food Service Inspections.

The frequency of food establishment inspections is based on an establishment’s classification. The more complex the food preparation procedures are, the more frequently an establishment must be inspected. Facilities hot holding food that allows the growth of illness-causing bacteria also require a Qualified Food Operator and food safety training of all staff.

Vendors and Caterers

Ledge Light Health District is responsible for licensing and inspecting food vendors and caterers in the District. The regulation and licensing of these activities are governed by Sections 19-13b48 of the Connecticut Public Health Code and local (District) food service regulations.

The frequency of food establishment inspections is based on an establishment’s classification. The more complex the food preparation procedures are, the more frequently an establishment must be inspected.  Facilities hot holding food that allows the growth of illness-causing bacteria also require a Qualified Food Operator and food safety training of all staff.


Adoption of FDA Model Food Code

Connecticut has adopted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Model Food Code and big changes will be effective in our District on January 1, 2019. LLHD conducted an informational session to discuss what changes are being implemented and how these changes will affect the procedures of both LLHD and our regulated establishments.

Click here to download the Info Session Presentation.

Click here for more Information on Certified Food Protection Manager and Person in Charge.

In addition, please see the CT Department of Public Health Food Protection Program Circular letter explaining the implementation deadlines and a CT DPH “draft” side by side comparison of how restaurant classifications will change (October 1, 2017). For general questions about the FDA changes, please contact Katie Baldwin at 860-448-4882 extension 1319 or kbaldwin@llhd.org.