Food Service

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 State Sanitary Code.

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 Plastic Bag Reduction By-Law Flier under Related Documents 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).

To view the Food Code Guidance document, scroll to the bottom of this page and click the link under "Related Documents".

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.

This communication is to advise you of this pending ban to give adequate time to adjust your business practices.

Please direct any questions by email to:

Reference the Plastic Bag Reduction By-Law Flier under Related Documents 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.