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Food & Milk Inspection

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The Food & Milk Inspection unit monitors food offered for consumption to ensure it is free from adulteration, properly labeled, identifiable and manufactured at an approved source.

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What permits are required to open a restaurant or retail store?
 A:

The Housing/Health Inspections Division issues a Permit to Operate a Food Establishment to any place where food is prepared and/or offered to the public. The facility may also require a Common Victualer's License from the License Commission located in room 404 at City Hall.

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How do I apply for a Permit to Operate a Food Establishment?
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Applications for all food permits can be obtained from the Food Protection Program located at 25 Meade Street, Room 203, or by calling (508) 799-8539.

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What is a Temporary Permit to Operate?
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Temporary permits are required for all events held at locations away from permitted establishments. Temporary permits require an application to be filed and are issued from 1 to 15 consecutive days.

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Is a Permit to Operate transferable?
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No. A new permit must be issued in the new owner's name.

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What licenses are required to operate a mobile unit or pushcart?
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In order to operate a mobile food unit, the operator must obtain a Mobile Food Permit from this unit. The owner or operator must also have a valid Hawkers and Peddlers License issued from the City of Worcester.

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Does a caterer need a permit?
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A caterer is required to register if they are providing services in the City of Worcester.

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Is a food establishment required to have a Food Safety Certificate (Serv-Safe)?
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The Food Safety Managers Certification Program is a nationally recognized program, designed to train and certify food service employees in food safety and protection. It is a requirement for all food service establishments.

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How can I file a complaint about a food service establishment?
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Complaints can be reported directly to the Food Protection Program at (508) 799-8539, or online via the Online Customer Service Center.

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