COVID-19 information about food safety and takeout for restaurants
Information for restaurant owners
Free Food Safety trainings: We offer food safety trainings to managers, owners, and employees of restaurants in Newton. These trainings are not a ServSafe Training, rather a way for our inspectors to show you different ways to deal with common problems pertaining to your restaurant. Please contact Aimee Sullivan to schedule a food safety training: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidance on customer use of reusable containers
Click here for the 2013 FDA Food Code
Click here for the Massachusetts Food Code (105CMR590)
For a quick summary of changes from the 1999 to the 2013 Code CLICK HERE
The Food Grading Regulations are available here.
Food Allergy Awareness Poster
Generator Use Factsheet
Dry Ice Information
Choke Save Class
Emergency Handbook For Food Managers
Newton Grading Matrix
Newton Food Grading System
Newton’s food grading system was planned in partnership with the Newton food establishments. The food grading system is all about food safety. A grade does not describe the quality or taste of food, nor does it reflect the service. It is solely based on the food safety inspection report.
During a food safety inspection, many items are observed including: the temperature of hot and cold foods, hand washing, employee health and hygiene, cleanliness of food prep surfaces, cross contamination, dish washing and more. Points are assigned to these items depending on how much the violation contributes to foodborne illness.
Below is the GIS map of all graded restaurants in Newton. Roll your mouse over a restaurant to see their most recent grade.
Restaurants receive a grade placard that looks like this:
Different grade placards will be given according to the following scale:
Excellent: 320-359 points
Fair: 280-319 points
Unacceptable: 240-279 points
Food Grading Toolkit
The City of Newton Health and Human Services Department has developed a toolkit to guide other health departments through the process of designing, implementing, and evaluating a food grading system.
Other Resources for Colleagues
NACCHO Sharing Sessions
NACCHO Sharing Webpage
FDA Retail Standards Webpage