The Environmental Department deals with inspections and safe practices concerning restaurants, childcare, and lodging. We operate a lab that tests public and private water, ice, and soft serve ice cream samples for bacteriological contaminants. Our staff performs food-borne illness investigations as well as program related complaints. Our staff is also involved with teaching Servsafe courses in Arnold and at Jefferson College.
JCHD food program consists of restaurant/retail inspections, plan review of new operations, temporary food event inspections, and permitting of yearly restaurant/mobile units
All facilities, including mobile units, serving or selling food to the public are required to go through the plan review process in order to obtain a food and beverage permit.
JCHD tests public and private water to promote safe, potable water. Drinking water samples must be collected in a sterile container provided by the health department lab. Other containers will not be accepted. Water samples accepted Monday-Thursday only. JCHD also tests ice samples and soft serve ice cream for possible bacteriological contamination.
Testing Costs: Regular Tests – Results 24 – 48 hours In County: $14.00 Out of County: $17.00
18 Hour Tests – Results 18 – 22 hours after test is started In County : $19.00 Out of County: $22.00
JCHD requires all temporary events where food is served to the public to obtain a permit. Application fees increase within five days of the event.
JCHD requires all food handlers to obtain ANSI accredited Food handler or Manager level certification. Training is available on line, or in person at Jefferson College and JCHD Arnold office. Other options can be found online.
State Contract Services
JCHD contracts with the State of Missouri DHSS to provide yearly inspections of Childcare, Lodging, and Summer feeding.
There are currently five Farmers Markets operating in Jefferson County during spring, summer, and fall. Market locations are in Arnold, Byrnes Mill, De Soto, Herculaneum, and Hillsboro. Each Market is run by a Market Master who is trained by JCHD.