Food Inspections

Health Department staff assist local food vendors with understanding and complying with regulations and standards in the Missouri Food Code and the Christian County local food ordinance. Food inspectors review area food establishments at least twice each year. Inspectors look for unsanitary conditions, insect or rodent droppings, proper trash disposal, proper water temperature for dishwashing, and many other items. They also check cooking temperatures, hot and cold food holding temperatures, and refrigeration temperatures. During the inspection, any Food Code violations are classified as either priority violations or core violations.

Priority violations should be corrected as soon as possible, and may warrant a second inspection. Some priority violations may be severe enough for the inspector to close the establishment immediately due to a severe health hazard. Priority violations may include bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food, food not being held at proper temperatures, or evidence of rodents.

Core violations are things like dirty floors, food stored on the floor, or no hair restraints worn by food workers. Core violations will usually be expected to be corrected before the next regular inspection.

A food score (based on a perfect score of 100) is issued and is to be clearly displayed in a public area for the consumer's information and convenience.

Health Department staff encourage you to be an informed consumer. Review the most recent inspection scores, or call our office for results before dining out.
Christian County Smoke-free Dining Guide

Current Food Inspections

Contact the Health Department any time you have a concern or complaint, especially if you observe unsafe food handling practices in our community.