Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
FDA is sharing information about best practices to operate retail food stores, restaurants, and associated pick-up and delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic to safeguard workers and consumers. Visit https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/best-practices-re-opening-retail-food-establishments-during-covid-19-pandemic on the FDA website for more information and to download infographic, promotional COVID-19 prevention signage, and food safety checklist. It is also translated in Spanish, simplified Chinese and Korean. On the web page, click on the identified link for the specific language under the infographic to see the respective language version.
Food Safety Classes
Food Handler Training
Food handler classes are held in the basement of the health department.
To register for a class call the Environmental Public Health Specialist, Melanie Zernicke at the Perry County Health Department at 573-547-6564.
Our Local Health Department is contracted with the State of Missouri to inspect, monitor, and educate. Therefore these food handler classes will be offered in accordance with the presently adopted State Food Code.
Site specific training is offered as well. Always feel free to call and speak to the Environmental staff to make arrangements for a class that fits your type of business.
Online Food Handler and Food Manager Training
Online courses for food handler training and manager certification training is available as well.Please select any links below to start your online training:
NEW - Morel Mushroom Identification
K-State Research & Extension will provide morel mushroom identification training in an upcoming online training. This training will help people earn the necessary approval to sell wild morel mushrooms. The classes are intended to help ensure that wild harvested mushrooms sold as morels in the state of Kansas are safe to consume. Current regulations under the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program require that mushrooms picked in the wild for sale must be individually inspected for safety by an approved mushroom identifier. Upon completion of this class, participants will be recognized as approved morel identifiers in order to meet this regulation.
Tuesday, March 23 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The registration link can be found at: https://events.k-state.edu/event/morel_mushroom_identification_6179?utm_campaign=widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=Events#.YEvFpTqSlPY. There is a $5 charge. A certificate is issued after passing a brief test.
Stay Educated - Stay Safe - Stay in Business!
The Perry County Environmental Department Inspects Food Establishments Regularly.
The Perry County Health Department contracts with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to inspect food establishments and enforce the current Missouri Food Code.
Currently, the County Health Department 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 simply an evaluation of the establishment at that particular time on that 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, unadulterated and honestly presented food. For more information on the current Missouri Food Code click on this link Missouri Food Code for the Food Establishments of the State of Missouri.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services contracts with Perry County Health Department 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 Perry County Health Department. The Environmental Specialist will respond as needed.
When working with distressed foods - the Perry County Health Department is again contracted with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to inspect and ensure the safety of all foods. 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.
Please phone the Perry County Health Department at 573-547-6564 for information pertaining to Safe Food Salvage or the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at 573-751-6161.
Click on the links below for more information regarding distressed foods: