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Food Safety

Food Establishment Safety Inspections

The MCHC contracts with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to inspect food establishments and enforce the current Missouri Food Code.

Currently, MCHC conducts inspections at a frequency based on risk. Risk is calculated by giving values to risk factors such as the type of population served, the number of meals served per day, the types of food served and the manner and proportions in which the food is prepared and served. Higher risk values are also given to establishments with a history of critical violations and involvement in a foodborne illness. A higher risk value will increase the frequency of inspections.

An inspection of an establishment is an evaluation of the establishment at a particular time on a particular day. Generally speaking, the inspection reflects on the management's overall ability to maintain safe food handling practices. The purpose of the inspection is to safeguard the public health by providing consumers with safe food. For more information on the current Missouri Food Code, go to http://www.dhss.mo.gov/FoodCode.

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Food Recalls Information Service

Recalls are actions taken by a company to remove a product from the market. The recall may be instigated by the company or by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If the product is meat or poultry products, the USDA will be the lead agency. The purpose of the recall is to remove an adulterated or misbranded product from consumer access.

The Moniteau County Health Center makes every effort to inform all of the businesses in the county that may have the recalled product. Sometimes that determination is difficult to make since the recall information is often incomplete.

Businesses are expected to remove the recalled product from consumer access immediately. To find out more about recalls, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website.

Food Salvage

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) contracts with the MCHC to respond to emergency incidents involving food such as truck wrecks, train derailments, fires, floods, etc. An inspection and assessment of the food is conducted as soon as possible after the incident.

The purpose of the program is to prevent damaged human food from re-entering commerce. The Environmental Public Health Specialist and staff are on call 24 hours a day, seven days per week. When an incident occurs, the Missouri Highway Patrol or local law enforcement will contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Situation Room who in turn contacts the MCHC. The Environmental Public Health Specialist will respond as needed.

If food products have been compromised in any way (flood, weather, fire, etc.) the Environmental Public Health Specialist may embargo and/or retain foods until they are properly disposed of or salvaged.