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Food Safety

Phone: (636) 528-6117 option 2

The Office of Environmental Sanitation conducts two or more unannounced inspections of all food service establishments annually. If deficiencies are found, more frequent inspections are made to assure corrective actions are taken. These inspections are governed by the Lincoln County Food Code adopted 10-18-2011, regulating the design, construction, management and operation of those establishments.

The Food Code is adopted from the Food Code, 2009 Recommendations of the US Public Health Service/Food and Drug Administration, and all policies and amendments.

Food Inspection Ratings and Violations (PDF)

If you plan to open a new food establishment in Lincoln County, renovate or change ownership for an existing food establishment, or plan to alter the foods being served, please contact our office at the phone number listed above. A copy of the 2013 Lincoln County Food Code is available at our office for $20 or you may visit the following link:

2013 Lincoln County Food Code (PDF -- 75 MB)

For reference:

FDA 2009 Food Code

Food Code, Chapter 9 - Permits, Fees, and Exemptions

Letter regarding latest changes to the Food Code

Permit Guidelines

Guidelines for Food Operations at Farmer's Markets

Guidelines for Temporary Food Events

Safe Preparation of Jams, Jellies, Honey and Baked Goods

Safe Preparation of Salsa and Other Acidified Foods


Temporary Food Establishments

A Permit Application must be filed with the Lincoln County Health Department at least 30 days in advance of the event or celebration. Organizations that are serving only pre-packaged foods such as ice cream bars and canned soda are required to file a Permit Application.

All temporary food establishments must have a certified food safety handler present at all times during the event. For information regarding obtaining a food safety certification, please see the link below or contact our office at the phone number listed above. In addition to the certification, all events must have a permit on site available for public viewing.


Online Food Safety Certification

We are now able to provide online food safety certification. The following is provided by

The Online Food Handler Course is available in English, Spanish and Mandarin.  The online course price is only $15.00--which includes your Lincoln County Health Department fee.  The full audio/visual and interactive course allows you to print your Lincoln County Food Handler Card upon successful completion of the test. Food Safety Certification Course


Lincoln County Food Safety Certification Course

The course focuses on proper food preparation, personal hygiene, sanitation procedures, and permit requirements for temporary food events held in Lincoln County.  All participants will take a test at the end of the class for certification on safe food handling.

Classes will be held in the Community Room at the South Entrance of the Health Department, located at #5 Health Department Drive in Troy, and begin promptly at 6:15 pm and normally lasts about 2.5 hours.  Seats are reserved by advance payment only.  All students will receive a packet of information and some items needed for safe food preparation.  For upcoming course dates or to reserve a seat, please call us at the phone number above.


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