Food Service

Food Trucks at Town Hall

Retail Food

Chef cooking at a stove. Promote proper food handling practices.
Inspections are conducted by the Board of Health to ensure that food and milk sold in Town is wholesome, free from adulteration, properly labeled and safe for human consumption. The Board also inspects establishments that offer food products for sale to the public, to ensure that they are maintained safely, in compliance with the Sanitary Code.

COVID-19:  Re-opening and Take-out Guidelines for You - courtesy of Eastern Food Safety

Date of Record: April 29, 2020

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As the Food industry moves through present restrictions on business, Eastern Food Safety is resuming certification classes that are desperately needed, starting in June 2020 with safety measures in place, in accordance with regulations.

Below, please find 3 documents that offer guidance:

Reopening Restaurants Safely after COVID-19, by NRA, FDA, Academic, Industry experts: 

Takeout and Delivery Guidelines - FDA Best Practices:  

Stop the Spread of Germs:

Together, we can stay safe and get through this Virus event stronger than before... by washing hands, keeping our social distances, sanitizing and reporting any symptoms to medical authorities.  Safe eating and Stay safe!                  

Polystyrene Reduction By-Law - EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2020

Dear Food Establishment:

A Polystyrene Reduction Bylaw was adopted at a Special Town Meeting on October 22, 2018. This bylaw will go into effect on January 1, 2020.

In summary, this bylaw is to promote safe, reusable, and sustainable alternatives. It will also enhance both public and environmental health and reduce waste management issues.

Please reference the Polystyrene Reduction By-Law Flier under "Resources" at the bottom of this page. 

The adoption of the 2013 Federal Food Code went into effect on October 5, 2018. 

Learn about the new Retail Food Code and see its supporting documentation at: Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).

Please reference the Food Code Guidance document under "Resources" at the bottom of this page.

Town of Shrewsbury Plastic Bag Reduction By-Law - Effective July 1, 2017

To: Retail and Other Business Establishments:

In May of 2017, the Town Meeting adopted a new by-law that bans certain plastic carry-out bags effective July 1, 2017.

Reference the Plastic Bag Reduction By-Law Flier under "Resources" at the bottom of this page.

Cooking Appliances under Tents, Canopies, and other Temporary Structures.

Please click Memorandum from the State Fire Marshal for information.