Frequently Asked Questions: Food Safety

  • What is a food establishment?

  • What is a food manufacturer?

  • How do I get a license to sell food?

  • Do I need to submit construction plans for my food or lodging establishment?

  • What do I need to submit for a plan review and how?

  • How long does the plan review process take?

  • What types of finishes am I allowed to use in my facility?

  • How much space is needed for cold holding, dry storage, &/or my water heater?

  • When are plans required by the Kansas Food Code §8-201.11?

  • What is a retail food store?

  • How do I get a license for my hot dog cart or other mobile food unit?

  • Can I make food products in my home to sell to the consumer?

  • Can I sell fruits and vegetables to consumers, grocery stores, and/or restaurants?

  • Do I need a food safety license to make and sell spice mixes?

  • Do I need a food safety license to sell coffee beans or ground coffee?

  • Are service animals allowed in food facilities like restaurants and grocery stores?

  • I have some food that is expired. Is it safe to eat?

  • Do I need a Kansas food safety license to ship food into Kansas?

  • Do I have to register with the Kansas Department of Agriculture to ship bottled water into Kansas?

  • How do I become a food inspector?

  • How do I report milk or dairy products that are spoiled, soured or contaminated?

  • What are the regulations concerning the sale of raw milk (unpasteurized) in Kansas?

  • How do I get a license for my restaurant?

  • Why do I have to have my pepper jelly evaluated before I can sell it under the Direct-to-Consumer license exemption?

  • Do I have to have a Kansas food license or registration to ship bottled water into Kansas?