As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ENFORCING OFFICIAL
- The Town Manager or other official designated by him to enforce this article.
- FOOD HANDLER
- Includes any person, whether employer or employee, who handles food or drink during preparation or serving, or who comes in contact with any eating, drinking or cooking utensil, or who works in a room in which food or drink is prepared or served.
- RETAIL FOOD HANDLING ESTABLISHMENTS
- Includes restaurants, hotels, groceries, taverns, box lunch establishments, bakeries, meat markets, delicatessens, luncheonettes, caterers, soda fountains, food vending vehicles, and any other place in which food or drink is prepared or stored for public consumption, distribution or sale at retail.
No food handler shall handle food in any retail food handling establishment in the Town without first having obtained a permit to do so.
No person owning or carrying on a retail food handling establishment shall employ any food handler without first ascertaining that a permit or certificate of application has been issued to such food handler and that is presently in force.
Application for permit shall be made to the Clerk on forms provided to be completed by the applicant. The completed application shall contain the following information: the name and address of the applicant and the place of his present or prospective employment, his age, weight, physical defects, if any, a history of his contagious or infectious diseases including typhoid fever, venereal disease, tuberculosis, alcoholism, drug addiction, and such other information as the Town Manager or advisory Board of Health may from time to time require.
The Town Clerk shall forward all applications to the advisory Board of Health prior to its next ensuing regular meeting at which time the application will be reviewed by the board. The board shall recommend to the Town Manager that the permit be issued unless the application discloses information which, in the opinion of the board, is sufficient grounds for either requiring medical examination or a denial of the application.
No charge shall be made in connection with the application for or issuance of a food handlers' permit. The Town Clerk shall issue the permit within three days after the approval of the application.
Permits shall run from July 1 to June 30 and all food handlers to whom permits have been issued shall make application for renewal prior to May 15 of the year in which the permit will expire. No permit shall be renewed until the applicant furnishes satisfactory proof of attendance at a food handlers' seminar in the six-month period immediately preceding the renewal permit, unless the applicant can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the board that he has been unable to attend for good reason and can demonstrate an awareness of the rules and regulations governing sanitary food handling.
Any person who applies for a food handler's permit may request a certificate of application from the Town Clerk showing that such application has been made. Such certificate shall be valid for a period of 30 days from the date of issuance and shall entitle the holder to work as a food handler during such period. Such certificate may be revoked for cause by the enforcing official.
When suspicion arises as to the possibility of transmission of infection or disease from any food handler, the enforcing official shall take any or all of the following measures: