Food

Environmental Health Protection is responsible for permitting and inspecting all food establishments within the jurisdiction of the Clay County Public Health Center. Permitted food establishments include restaurants, taverns, grocery stores, convenience stores, schools, hospitals, bakeries, childcare, mobile units, push carts, vending machines and temporary event concessions. The Clay County Food Code requires annual operating permits, inspections and completion of appropriate training classes for food handlers and food managers. These classes are scheduled and conducted at the Clay County Public Health Center.

Food Handler & Manager Training 


The Clay County Food Code requires any person who engages in public food service, in any capacity whatsoever, to possess a current and valid food handler or food manager’s certificate. Food handlers must obtain a certificate no later than 30 days from the time they are hired by a food establishment. A food handler certificate is valid for 3 years. A food manager must obtain a Food Manager Certificate within 60 days of being hired as a manager or person in charge. Food Manager Certificates are valid for 5 years. Classes for these certificates are conducted at the Clay County Public Health Center each month. Food Handler and Food Manager cards are not issued from noon to 1 p.m.

Please beware! We do not accept "eFoodHanders.com" website certificates. This website falsely claims Clay County will accept it, collects all of your information and charges you $10. Food Handler certifications are accepted from Food Handler classes from a local health department in the KC Metro area or from StateFoodSafety.com.

Additional Resources


Mobile Units & Push Carts


Farmers' Markets 

Food Program Newsletters


Temporary Food Permits


Current Food Recalls


To assure that recalled food products are not being offered for sale in Clay County, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) notifies Environmental Health Protection when products are recalled. Usually these recall notices are the result of reports of illness, or potential illness associated with a food product. Food establishments are notified so that food items may be removed from commerce.

Temporary Food Establishment Requirements


A temporary food establishment is a food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 days. The food operation may take place in a permanent facility, a mobile unit, a tent, or similar structure. Specific requirements must be met at each location. A Temporary Food Establishment Permit must be obtained prior to operation. An application for a Temporary Food Establishment Permit must be completed, a permit fee received and an inspection conducted before a Temporary Food Establishment Permit may be issued.

Food Establishment Inspection Results


Food establishment inspections are public record and may be viewed by the public. Inspections are available online or by viewing the office file at the Clay County Public Health Center. If you have any questions, or need further information, please contact Environmental Health Protection at 816-595-4350.