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What is a Food Service Emergency?

The Kansas Food Code defines "Imminent health hazard" as a “significant threat or danger to health that is considered to exist when there is evidence sufficient to show that a product, practice, circumstance, or event creates a situation that requires immediate correction or cessation of operation to prevent injury based on the number of potential injuries and the nature, severity and duration of the anticipated injury”.

Food service licensees are required “to immediately discontinue operations and notify the Kansas State Department of Health (or other regulatory authority) if an imminent health hazard may exist because of an emergency, such as a fire, flood, extended interruption of electrical or water service, sewage backup, misuse of poisonous or toxic materials, onset of an apparent food borne illness outbreak, gross unsanitary occurrence or condition, or other circumstance that may endanger public health.” 

A licensee need not discontinue operations in an area of an establishment that is unaffected by the imminent health hazard. 

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