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Muhlenberg County Health Department Food Safety Program

Food Preparation Guidelines

The Kentucky Department for Public Health develops statewide retail food program plans, objectives, policies and procedures and helps local health departments carry out the food protection program in Kentucky.

Local health departments are authorized to carry out the food safety program in the counties and districts they serve. Every county or district has a certified retail food specialist and all food inspectors are registered sanitarians.

The Food Service Program strives to ensure a safe food supply for the community. This is done by conducting routine inspections, investigating foodborne illnesses and food service establishment complaints, providing food safety education and responding to food emergency incidents. The program also collaborates with other state, federal and local agencies to ensure public health is served in the community

More than 200 known diseases are transmitted through food. The causes of foodborne illnesses include viruses, bacteria, parasites, toxins, metals and prions. Symptoms of foodborne illnesses range from mild gastroenteritis to life-threatening neurologic, hepatic, and renal syndromes.

For more information, please contact Mark Wilkerson or Sarah Wells at the Muhlenberg County Health Department at 270-754-1208.

Food Preparation Links

Kentucky Food Code
FDA Food Code
Food Guide
Management Guide
Equipment Guide
Kentucky Food Drug and Cosmetic Act
Kentucky Fees for Permits, Registrations, and Certifications
Local Health Department Listing

Temporary Food Service

All temporary food vendors must have a permit to operate.

Foods may be prepared and served in conjunction with gatherings or events such as fairs and festivals. Food items and methods of preparation may be restricted during these temporary events. All temporary food vendors must have a permit from the local health department prior to commencing operations. These permits are valid, if the establishment complies with regulations, for up to 14 days at one location. For more information and applications, please contact your local county health department.

Temporary Food Service Set-up Guidelines

Statewide Mobile Food Unit

A statewide mobile food unit is basically a food establishment on wheels or otherwise mobile. These operations are permitted by the local county health department and permitted operations pay one yearly fee and may operate statewide. These units are to contact the health department in each county where they operate for an inspection and units may not remain at one location longer than 14 consecutive days.

Food Guidelines Links

Kentucky Food Drug and Cosmetic Act
Kentucky Fees for Permits, Registrations, and Certifications
How to Open a Restaurant or Grocery
Concessions Sanitation Guidelines
Bed and Breakfast Program
Boarding Home Program



Important Health Links

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
American Heart Association | Web MD
Centers for Disease Control | American Diabetes Association


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