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Kentucky adopts the 2013 FDA Food Code – Effective July 1, 2019

On February 21, 2019, Kentucky adopted the 2013 FDA Food Code. The 2013 version will apply to all Kentucky Food Establishments and will go into effect on July 1, 2019. 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 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

 “New” updated Kentucky Food Code (902 KAR 45:05).

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


Response Procedures for Vomiting and Diarrheal Events

FDA 2013 Food Code Equipment Guide

Kentucky Department for Public Health Food Safety Branch Website

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.

New inspection form

For questions about the 2013 FDA Food Code, please contact the Environmental Department in your county or call 270-852-5571 for assistance.