State Codes and Local Ordinances
NOTE: Wisconsin will be adopting a new version of the food code on September 1, 2013.
FDA Federal Food Code
The Wisconsin Food Code is based on the FDA Model Food Code, the current Wisconsin Code is based on the 2005 FDA Model Food Code. The most recent version of the FDA Code is the 2009 FDA Model Food Code. The FDA Model Food Code contains helpful Annexes that are not in the Wisconsin Food Code such as "Public Health Reasons". The FDA also has the 2009 Model Food Code in Spanish.
Food Safety Videos
These videos were produced by another state and used with permission. Please note the following requirements in the Wisconsin Food Code that differ from the information in the videos:
- Fish, pork and ham are to be cooked to 145°F for 15 seconds.
- The minimum food hot holding temperature and top level of the danger zone is 135°F.
- Bare hand contact with ready to eat foods is prohibited.
Food Safety Signs (In English and Spanish):
Created by the Wisconsin Divisions of Public Health and Food Safety to assist with training about principles of the food code. Many of these fact sheets are available in other languages: Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Lao, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Newsletter Archives- "Food for Thought: An Update for Food Operators":
The goal of this project is to provide materials and methods that are effective in helping food employees understand the reasons why following proper food safety practices is important to prevent illnesses, deaths, and loss of income and reputation resulting from food-related outbreaks. The materials have been designed for oral culture learners, which research has shown most food employees to be.
The materials (posters and storyboards) dealing with employee health, no bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food, and hand-washing will soon be available in seven different languages, including Hindi, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Spanish. These materials are not copyrighted; therefore, you may post these materials on your website and distribute them freely. We kindly ask, however, that you credit FDA when using or posting the materials.