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How often are establishments inspected?

Frequency of inspections is determined by a public health priority based on the Food Establishment Public Health Priority Assessment Worksheet.  Every establishment in the county is scored on this assessment sheet and assigned a risk category of High, Medium, or Low Priority.
High Priority establishments are inspected at least once every six months.
Medium Priority establishments are inspected at least once every twelve months.
Low Priority establishments are inspected at least once every eighteen months
Additional inspections, field visits or monitoring of food establishments may take place due to inspection history, repeated or uncorrected violations, changes in the establishment service and/or product, change of ownership, public complaints, food borne illness investigation, and food or equipment recalls.

Physical Facility Requirements:

1.    The facility must have hot and cold running water under adequate pressure. 
2.    The facility must provide hot and cold running water through mixing faucets. 
3.    The facility must be equipped in the food preparation area, with a conveniently
               located hand sink that is supplied with hot and cold running water, dispensed
               through a mixing faucet. This hand sink must have hand soap and disposable   
               towels and/or a sanitary hand-drying device. 
4.    The facility must be equipped with a mop sink or curbed floor drain. 
5.    Sinks in the facility, which hold food or utensils, shall be equipped with air gaps or
               back-flow prevention. 
6.    The facility shall have a conveniently located employee rest room, adequately
               ventilated, equipped with a self-closing door; a properly equipped hand sink, and a        covered trash can. 
7.    The facility shall have walls, floors and ceiling surfaces constructed of smooth
               durable materials that are easily cleanable. 
8.    The facility floors and wall junctures shall be sealed as with baseboards or coved. 
9.    The facility shall have all lights shielded or Teflon coated in areas where there is
               exposed food, clean equipment, utensils, and linens or unwrapped single service
               and single-use articles. 
10.         The facility HVAC devices shall be installed in such a way as to not contaminate
               food prep areas. 
11.  The facility shall have all outer openings protected against the entrance of rodents
               and insects.
12.  The facility perimeter walls and roofs shall be constructed to protect against
               weather, rodents and insects. 
13.  The facility out-door areas such as parking lots, dumpster pads, walk ways and
               driving areas shall be graded to drain and constructed to prevent dust, mud and
               water accumulation. 
14.  The facility shall have no carpeting in food prep areas. 
15.  Carpet in dinning areas shall be tightly woven and easily cleanable. 
16.  The facility shall not have insect protection devices installed in such a way as to
               contaminate a food prep or storage area.
17.  The facility shall not have exposed studs, joists or rafters. 
18.  The facility shall have no exposed utility pipes, service lines and any horizontal
               pipes and service lines on the floor. 
19.  The facility shall have adequate ventilation. 
20.  The facility shall have an adequate maintenance equipment storage area. 
21.  The facility shall have an area, separate from the food preparation area for
               employees to eat, drink and smoke, if smoking is permitted. 
22.  The facility shall be equipped with an area for employees to store their personal
23.  The facility shall be maintained in a clean state, free of unnecessary liter, used
               equipment and rodent/insect harborage. 
24.  The facility shall have a toxic storage area, located so as not to contaminate food or
               single service items. 
25.         The facility shall have a dry, insect and rodent proof storage area for dry goods,
              canned goods and paper products. 
26.  Plumbing shall have no cross connections.

Equipment Requirements:

1.    Facilities preparing food must be equipped with a commercial dishwasher or a 
               three compartment sink, (of sufficient depth and equipped with drain boards),        using chemical or heat sanitization. Chemical test devices must be available to        check sanitizer levels 
2.    Food preparation areas must have an accessible, conveniently located, well- 
               equipped hand sinks, separate from a prep, mop or 3-compartment sink. 
3.    Facilities must have a conveniently located, well-equipped, employee restroom. 
4.    Facilities must have adequate storage, free from humidity and temperature
               extremes and protected against the entry of insects and rodents. 
5.    Facilities must have adequate refrigeration and freezer capacity 
6.    Facilities must have adequate reheating capacity. 
7.    Facilities must have adequate hot and cold holding capacity. 
8.    All heating and cooling devices must be equipped with permanently affixed
               thermometers accurate to +or- 2 degrees F. 
9.    Facilities must have equipment to provide adequate protection during storage and
               display of food. 
10.          Food preparation equipment must be safe, durable and easily cleanable and
               resistant to pitting. 
11.          Food preparation utensils must be safe, durable and easily cleanable and resistan
               to pitting. 
12.          Food preparation surfaces must be safe, durable and easily cleanable and resistant
               to pitting. 
13           The food preparation area must be provided with and adequate number of accurate
               food thermometers or thermocouples. 
14.          Ice machines must be installed so that bins are sloped to drain, with no cross
               connections and no cold plates in direct contact with ice and equipped with an ice
               scoop, properly stored. 


This list is designed to serve as a general guideline for individuals attempting to open a food service or retail food operation. It is not intended as an in-depth work and does not represent the complete and total requirements of the Food Code. The Food Code contains details regarding food service and retail food operation, health and safety issues, personnel, sanitation and equipment standards as well as storage requirements for food, paper and toxic items. It is an adaptation of the Missouri Food Code and the 1999 Federal Food Code.

To see a copy of the Food Code on line click here

 Temporary Foods:  Temporary Food stand information may be obtained by clicking here.

Food Protection 
The types of inspections included under the Environmental Program are:
School Cafeterias
Retail Grocery
Senior Nutrition Centers
Summer Feeding
•        Embargo Activities
Truck wrecks/Fires (food related)
Food Complaints
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