Food Safety

Our trained Environmental Public Health Specialist (EPHS) educates food workers on sanitation and safe food handling practices and ensures they follow state and local regulations in order to reduce the risk of foodborne illness in our community.

Our EPHS inspects approximately 200 food establishments in Phelps and Maries County, including restaurants, taverns, retail food stores, food processors and distributors, schools and senior nutrition sites. Inspection frequency is determined by a "public health priority" rating system based on the type of establishment, the extent of food preparation, past inspection history and other variables.

Inspection reports are public records. They are posted on this website weekly or may be viewed at the health department during regular business hours.

Our staff also provide guidance to non-profit organizations and charitable groups planning to host large events where food will be served. Please contact our office to talk to a food safety specialist about how you can protect the people you hope to serve.

Food inspection regulations are found in the Missouri Food Code. Establishments located in the city of Rolla must also comply with a municipal ordinance.

When a foodborne illness outbreak occurs, the Environmental Public Health Specialist works with our professional nursing staff to to identify the source of the illness and protect our community.

If you have questions about food safety, send us an email or call us at (573) 458-6010.

Working with local food establishments to make sure the food you eat is safe — caring for your family, caring for our community, caring for YOU!