Food Safety

Food Safety Efforts


  • Ensure that all of the food establishments (food service and retail) in the Town of Cohasset are properly permitted
  • Inspect all of the food establishments at least twice each calendar year, in accordance with Massachusetts State Sanitary Code requirements
  • Develop and implement an action plan for compliance with additional program standards with the Federal Drug Administration Voluntary National Food Safety Program Standards
  • Update Departmental Food borne Illness reporting, investigation and follow up procedures
  • Establish a "Food Safety Forum" for business to meet with regulators and the public in an open forum
  • Establish electronic monitoring system for food safety inspection results and trends
  • Streamline the Food Establishment Plan Review process

Food Regulations


  • Issue permits for all food service establishments, including restaurants, retail food establishments, caterers, farmers' market, temporary events, bakeries, recreational camps for children, places of assembly, schools, hotels, mobile food service operations, residential kitchens, frozen desert facilities, and seasonal establishments
  • Enforce Chapter X of the State Sanitary Code: Minimum standards of food establishments (105 CMR 410.5900)
    • Inspections
    • Issuing orders
    • Suspending or revoking permits where necessary
    • Issuing embargoes and seizure of food
  • Issuing permits for plants which can break and can eggs
  • License milk pasteurization plants
  • Issuing milk permits
  • Assigning a milk inspector
  • Issue permits for plants that bottled water and carbonated drinks
  • Inspecting cold storage and refrigerated warehouses
  • Enforcing M.G.L C. 130 s. 81, which prohibits importation of shellfish which have not been certified by U.S. or foreign shellfish regulating agency
  • Enforcing statutes and regulations relative to adulteration and misbranding of food
  • Enforcing statutes and regulations relative to chokesaver training
  • Investigate all food borne illness complaints
  • Follow up of all relevant food recalls affecting establishments in the Town
  • Adopting and enforcing regulations relative to the keeping and exposure of food for sale
  • Adopt and enforce regulations for bakeries