The Christian County food safety program consists of three main components: enforcement of the Missouri Food Code and local food ordinance, education and training for food handlers, and complaint investigations. It is the goal of the Environmental Health program staff to work with food handlers to help them understanding and comply with regulations and standards, and to serve as a resource for food managers and business owners.
The Missouri Food Code defines a food establishment and provides guidance and regulations on how they must operate in order to protect the public from foodborne illness. It emphasizes science-based food safety practices like temperature control, handwashing, proper cooling, and internal cooking temperature.
In addition, Christian County maintains local regulations (Christian County Food Ordinance) that offer guidance on issues specific to the county. Food establishments receive surprise inspections on a time-based rotation to ensure compliance with local and state food safety regulations. The results of these inspections are posted at the Health Department and are available to the public.
Permits are required for vending food in Christian County in most cases and fees may apply. Permitting requirements are described in the Christian County Food Ordinance.
Farmers' Market vendors must complete and submit a Seasonal Food Permit Application.
Food permits start at $50.00 for an establishment with 25 seats or less. This charge includes mobile units, grocery stores, and convenience stores. An additional $2.00 per seat is charged for larger establishments. This rate is pro-rated per quarter for the current year. Food code books are $10.00. There is no charge for temporary event permits.
Food Safety Training
The Health Department does not offer in-house training at this time. We have compiled a list of accepted Trained Food Manager courses that can be accessed here: Accredited Certified Food Protection Manager Classes.
Applications and Forms
Food Safety Tips