Food Safety Emergencies

The Environmental Health Division responds to emergencies such as fires, floods, power outages, or other natural disasters where food product is involved.  Environmental Health Specialist will evaluate the safety of the food products and establishment involved to protect public health.

Boil water orders are another type of an emergency situation that the Environmental Health Division responds to.  “Boil Water Orders” are issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and these orders affect community water supplies that serve food establishments.  Food establishments must take precautions during these orders to protect public health.

Below are guidelines for these types of emergencies:

Guidelines for Boil Water Orders
Guidelines for Power Outages

Food Recall Services     

Food recalls are activities taken by a company to remove a product from the market.  The recall may be initiated by the company or by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Meat and poultry are governed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA).  The purpose of the recall is to remove an adulterated or misbranded product from consumer access.  To find out more about recalls, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at  




For any questions, please contact the City of Jefferson Environmental Health Division (573) 634-6410.