Food Preparation Guidelines

Food Preparation Links

Kentucky Food Code
Food Guide
Management Guide
Equipment Guide
Differences Between New and Old Code
Kentucky Food Drug and Cosmetic Act
Kentucky Fees for Permits, Registrations, and Certifications
Local Health Department Listing
How to Open a Restaurant or Grocery

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

Certified evaluation officers trained by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provide training, consultation and guidance to local health departments. Local health departments are authorized to carry out the food safety program in the counties and districts they serve.

For more information, please contact Shea Rodgers at the Graves County Health Department at (270) 247-3553.



Temporary Food Operations

Temporary Food Establishment Guidelines


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.