Food Services


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

Some types of food establishments are restaurants, taverns, schools, senior centers, convenience stores, grocery stores, caterers, bakeries, meat markets and mobile food establishments.

Food businesses not on a city sewer system must also comply with on-site wastewater treatment systems regulations.


Moniteau County is known for our highly successful fair, festivals, church picnics, farmers markets, fund-raisers and other community events. Whether indoor or outdoor, all of these events are considered temporary food events.
Guidelines for Temporary Food Events 


Guidelines for Food Operations at Farmer’s Markets
Safe Preparation of Jam, Jellies, Honey and Baked Goods
Safe Preparation of Salsa and Other Acidified Foods

Vendors of fresh produce, eggs, dairy products, meats, baked goods, etc., and processors of jams, jellies, salsas, pickles and other foods, also have food safety requirements.


Food 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 or MDA (Missouri Department of Agriculture will be the lead agency. The purpose of the recall is to remove an adulterated or misbranded product from consumer access. The MCHC makes every effort to inform all of the businesses in Moniteau 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.


The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services partners with the MCHC to respond to emergency incidents that involve food, drugs, or cosmetics such as truck wrecks, train derailments, fires, floods, power outages, natural or man-made disasters. An inspection and assessment of the food, drugs or cosmetics is conducted as soon as possible after the incident. If food products have been compromised in any way, the MCHC environmental public health specialist may embargo and/or retain foods until they are properly disposed of or salvaged.