When requesting a variance from our Department, you are asking for permission to conduct a specialized food process or for some other change to your operation that varies from the Code. Varying the Code may present a danger to public health, and therefore an “approved” variance is required. Specialized processes can include : smoking, curing, sprouting, fermentation, drying, operating a raw molluscan shellfish tank life support tank, using food additives to render a food not potentially hazardous, using reduced oxygen packaging, and custom processing of animal. Each variance request for a specialized processing method MUST be accompanied by a HACCP plan.
A request for variance from the requirements of the 2013 FDA Food Code, Danvers Health Code, or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Food Code (105CMR 590.00) will only be considered if the form is filled out completely. Approval will only be granted if, in the opinion of the Board of Health , the reasoning for variance is sound and variance request will not create a health hazard or nuisance condition.
Variance requests will be heard at the Monthly BOH meetings that occur every first Thursday of each month. Please fill out the Variance Request form below and submit to the Health Department.