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Food Safety

​Environmental staff conduct routine inspections of all food service establishments in Mercer County, including but not limited to restaurants, cafeterias, retail groceries, convenience stores, bed-and-breakfasts, and concession booths as prescribed by state guidelines. The environmental staff also provides food service manager training to assure that food handlers have the skills and knowledge to produce the safest possible food products to the public.  Staff can also review plans for new and renovated food service facilities.
The staff investigates complaints from the public on the above food establishments.


The Retail Food Code

The FDA Food Code is a model for safeguarding public health and ensuring food is unadulterated and honestly presented when offered to the consumer. It represents FDA's best advice for a uniform system of provisions that address the safety and protection of food offered at retail and in food service.

Equipment Guide
Food Guide
Management Guide


Temporary Food Booths

Temporary food booths must meet many of the same requirements as permanent establishments. Because of the lack of certain facilities, temporary food booths have restrictions that do not apply to other establishments such as time limits and menu items.  If you wish to set up a temporary food booth, contact the environmental office one week prior to setup to obtain a permit.  The Temporary Guideline sheet will cover all requirements for your temporary booth.  You can also print and fill out a temporary food booth permit and bring with you to the health department.

Contact the Mercer County Health Department Environmental office for more information.


1 - 3 days$ 50
4 - 7 days​​$ 75
​8 - 14 days​$100



Opening a new restaurant

Statewide Mobile Food Booth

Food Establishment Plan application



(or Food Manager's training )

March 21, 2019

8:30 am to 1:00 pm

in the Community Room at the Mercer County Health Department

Call 859-734-2229 to reserve your spot