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Sanitation and food safety

Food Dispensing Policy

The Campus Sanitation Committee is charged with the responsibility of inspecting and controlling environmental situations that may be deleterious to the health of individuals during their stay on the campus. One of the situations involved is food service and the prevention and minimization of food-borne illnesses. A recommended method of keeping food-borne illness at a minimum is to have trained food handlers well-versed in the proper techniques of food storage and food service. Therefore, it is the policy of this Committee to discourage food preparation and service by untrained and non-approved food handlers. Furthermore, the committee discourages the dispensing of food prepared in kitchens not approved by this Committee via the Campus Sanitarian or the Riley County Board of Health.

A written permit is required of any K-State sanctioned person or group engaged in dispensing any food item. The permit application may be obtained from the Division of Facilities, Dykstra Hall, and must be approved by the Department of Campus Safety before the activity begins. Those departments not required to schedule facilities through the Division of Facilities and who do not have an approved food service must submit requests directly to the Campus Sanitation Committee for approval to dispense food. Requests must be sent to the Campus Sanitarian 10 to 14 days prior to the projected food service date.

All food items must be approved. Hazard list below will help in selecting the food to serve:
More Hazardous
  • Pastries filled with cream or synthetic cream
  • Hamburgers
  • Custards or similar products
  • Salads or sandwiches containing meat, eggs, poultry or fish, gravy
Less Hazardous
  • Ice
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Punch
  • Cookies
  • Commercially prepackaged food
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Hot dogs

Drinks which are dispensed on campus should be dispensed from a dispenser with single service paper cups or in commercially available cans.

Food items to be served must be prepared in a kitchen approved by the Sanitation Committee or the Riley County Board of Health.

  1. Items prepared and packaged in a kitchen approved as above may be dispensed in the unbroken package by personnel who have not had food handler's training.
  2. Food handlers include all employees who may have a chance to come in contact with the food during its receiving, preparation, packaging, delivery, or serving.

Food service may be performed only in buildings or locations approved by the Division of Facilities and the Campus Sanitation Committee.