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On Dec. 6, 2023, the West Haven Health Department held a virtual training session for West Haven restaurant owners on the 2022 FDA Food Code. Watch the training session video and see the PowerPoint presentation and training handouts below:
FDA Food Code Training Virtual Session (MP4)
FDA Food Code PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
FDA Food Code Training Handouts (PDF)

Read the important DPH Letter concerning lead exposure from applesauce.

Get the 2023-24 Food Service Renewal Application.

Read the important FDA Model Food Code Letter from West Haven Health Director Maureen B. Lillis. Details at Food Code 2022.

Read the important DPH Model Food Code Regulation. See the Food Protection Program FAQ.

The person in charge at all Class 2, 3 and 4 food establishments shall hold a valid/current certificate to be a certified food protection manager (CFPM). For a list of approved testing organizations, go to ANAB-ANSI National Accreditation Board.

SUSHI RICE: Request a Variance for acidifying sushi rice.

Applications, Permits & Licenses

For all business related to applications, permits and licenses, visit our department on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St., from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday or from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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The Health Department, required by the Public Health Code and Connecticut General Statutes with the “preservation of health and safety,” is concerned with:

  • Environmental health, health promotion and education of communicable diseases.
  • Surveillance and prevention.
  • Screening and immunization.

Public Health

The role of public health is to prevent illness and promote health, a goal that all of us would want as much as we value fire or police protection. It is just common sense that keeping people healthy is preferable to having to cure them after they get sick. Most of our work is behind the scenes: inspecting restaurants, testing the bathing waters at public beaches and pools, following up on infectious diseases to prevent their spread, promoting and offering timely immunizations, monitoring and prevention of lead poisoning, inspecting day care centers and schools, and a wide variety of other efforts to limit or prevent disease.

Environmental Health

In environmental health, the department tackled the West Nile virus problem by contracting to have a mosquito reduction program administered throughout the city. The department monitors and follows up reportable diseases as required by the Connecticut Department of Public Health to protect the public from the spread of communicable diseases through contacts at restaurants or day care centers.

For the latest information on COVID-19 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, go to the CDC.

Health Department Sanitarians

  • Test the water at public pools and beaches.
  • Inspect restaurant and food service facilities.
  • Inspect and approve septic system and well permits.

Sanitarians are using a new Food Establishment Inspection Report Form.

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