Kettle Corn Requirements

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services regards kettle corn operations as mobile concessions. A summary of concession requirements for kettle corn concessions are as follows:

Requirements for Concessions

  1. A kettle corn operator shall have an approved service depot.
  2. The concession shall have three sinks for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing equipment;
  3. The concession shall have a hand washing sink. This sink shall be immediately adjacent to any food preparation area and may not be one of the three sinks used for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing;
  4. The concession shall have a supply of hot and cold, running, potable water. The potable water reservoir, including the water heater, shall be designed out of material approved for food contact surfaces. The waste water tank shall have a capacity 15% greater than that of the potable water tank and the water heater combined. The quantity of on-board water shall be sufficient to ensure the washing of hands and utensils throughout the daily operation;
  5. Potable water shall come from a source approved by the Health Department;
  6. All utensils shall be constructed of smooth, cleanable, and non-absorbent materials;
  7. The food preparation area shall be fly proof and dust proof;
  8. Any sampling shall be done with single service size containers;
  9. The service depot must be inspected and approved by the local Health Authority of the jurisdiction in which it is located;
  10. To operate in the City of Columbia, a City business license and an Operating Permit from the Columbia Health Department will be required.

Requirements for Service Depots

  1. For all mobile food operations there shall be provided a service depot.
  2. Floors, walls, and ceilings shall be easily cleanable, smooth and light colored and have washable surfaces.
  3. All lighting, ventilation, and construction of utensils and equipment, disposal of wastes, storage of food and drink equipment litter and rubbish, sleeping quarters, lockers, linen containers, and cleanliness of employees shall conform with the applicable requirements established in Article V of the Health Ordinances.
  4. An adequate supply of hot and cold running water for cleaning and sanitizing mobile units shall be available at all times. Water supply shall be from a source approved by the City of Columbia, Missouri. The hose used for filling the potable water tank of such mobile units shall be used for no other purpose. The hose shall be stored in such a manner as to be protected from contamination.
  5. All equipment used in conjunction with mobile unit operation shall be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized at the end of each day’s operation.
  6. The wastewater tank on the mobile unit shall be emptied and cleaned only at the service depot. Proper drains shall be provided in the depot for this purpose. An exception may be allowed if wastewater is dumped at a facility that has an approved wastewater dump site and records are provided to the Health Department confirming the proper disposal of the wastewater. Adequate sanitary containers shall be provided for storage of trash and food wastes.
  7. Adequate sanitary storage space shall be provided for supplies and equipment. A dry storage room or other facilities suitable for storing perishable foods at a temperature of 45 degrees F., or lower, shall be provided.
  8. Toilet and lavatory facilities shall be provided.
  9. Facilities shall be provided which will assure the proper washing, rinsing and sanitizing of all equipment which comes in contact with food products.

Please call the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services at (573)874-7346 if you have any other questions.