Updated Kentucky Food Code

Kentucky adopts the 2013 FDA Food Code which will go into effect on JULY 1, 2019.

On February 21, 2019 Kentucky amended 902 KAR 45:005 “Kentucky Food Code” adopting by reference the 2013 FDA Food Code together with the Annex. The 2013 edition of the FDA Food Code will apply to all Kentucky Food Establishments and includes some additions.  The new food code follows a risk-based inspection approach.  According to the FDA, the benefits associated with the adoption of the 2013 Food Code as statute include:

  • Reduction of the risk of foodborne illnesses within food establishments, thus protecting consumers and industry from potentially devastating health consequences and financial loss
  • Uniform standards for retail food safety that reduce complexity and better ensure compliance
  • The elimination of redundant processes for establishing food safety criteria
  • The establishment of a more standardized approach to inspections and audits of food establishments

Click here to view the "new" updated Kentucky Food Code (902 KAR 45:05).

Click here to view the 2013 FDA Food Code.

What's new or has changed?

There have been a number of changes to the food code with the adoption of the 2013 FDA Food Code and state additions.  Links to the food code changes can be found below:

Summary of major changes between 2005 Food Code and 2013 Food Code

Changes from 2009 to 2013 FDA Food Code

Changes from 2005 to 2009 FDA Food Code

Download this helpful handout that explains the changes and includes an example of the new food establishment inspection report (English). Download the Spanish version HERE. Download the Chinese version HERE.

Click HERE for response procedures for vomitting and diarrheal events (English). Download the Spanish version HERE. Download the Chinese version HERE.

New inspection form

A new inspection form has been adopted with the 2013 FDA Food Code.  The new food code follows a risk-based inspection approach.  We encourage establishments to review the new inspection form and familiarize yourself with the bold priority and priority foundation items.

Click here to view a copy of the new inspection form.

For questions about the provisions of the 2013 FDA Food Code and the State Food Branch additions, you contact a member of our food safety inspection team at 502.574.6650.