Food Services

In this page…

• Overview
• Food Establishments
• Temporary Events
• Food Safety Training
• Liquor License
• Crisis Management Plan
• Missouri Fish Advisory


Buffet temperatureThe Joplin Food Code concerning food service establishments is available online.

Food Establishments

The term food establishment means an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption, such as a restaurant, central preparation facility, catered feeding location, catering operations, vending operations, and/or vehicles used to transport food.

Temporary Events

A food service establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration is the focus of this pamphlet. In other words, church suppers, fairs, farmer’s markets, or other similar celebrations would be considered temporary events if they are advertised as open to the general public. Bake sales offering only non-potentially hazardous foods are exempt from inspection, but require notification to the Health Department.

Food Safety Training

Liquor License

Crisis Management Plans

Missouri Fish Advisory fishbw.jpg

Annually, the Missouri Department of Health works with the Missouri Department of Conservation and other agencies to evaluate the amount of contaminants in Missouri sport-caught fish. View the 2017 Missouri Fish Advisory. To learn more about the advisory, click here...