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Servicing the towns of:
Enfield  |  Ellington  |  East Windsor  |  Windsor Locks Suffield  |  Vernon  |  Windham  |  Stafford

Food Protection

As major components of Public Health, food safety education and inspections are a priority for the North Central District Health Department. Part of our mission is to reduce the risk of food borne illness and disease by ensuring food safety through education and, when necessary, enforcement.

Currently our office issues licenses for over 850 establishments operating within the district. This number does not include "temporary" events such as weekend food events/festivals, that are issued permits and inspected as necessary.

As a requirement of licensing, all food service establishments must undergo routine inspections to monitor food handling practices and environmental factors which may contribute to illness or disease. The frequency of inspections depends on the classification on the food service establishment. There are four categories or “classifications” of food service establishments that determine the inspection frequency. They are:


Class I


  • Commercially prepackaged foods
  • Hot and Cold Beverages
  • Nonpotentially hazardous foods

Inspection frequency Once per year (minimum)


Class II


  • Cold potentially hazardous foods
  • Hot dogs, kielbasa, and commercially precooked
  • soups, must be served within four hours.

Inspection Frequency Twice per year (minimum)


Class III


  • Hot potentially hazardous foods.
  • Must be served within four hours.

Inspection Frequency Three times per year (minimum)


Class IV


  • Hot potentially hazardous foods.
  • Served four or more hours after heating.

Inspection Frequency Four times per year (minimum)

About NCDHD

The North Central District Health Department is a full-time Public Health Department with a full-time staff funded by its member towns and a annual per capita grant from the Connecticut State Department of Public Health

Our Mission is to prevent disease, injury, and disability by promoting and protecting the health and well-being of the public and our environment.

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