The authority to inspect food establishments begins in law. Below is a link to the Missouri General Assembly’s website and specifically Chapter 196 Food, Drugs and Tobacco. Rules and regulations provide the standard with which to inspect facilities. The Missouri standard is based off the model food code developed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Which areas of the state are regulated by the Missouri food code can be found on this map. Counties that are inspected through local ordinances are also noted on this map. Consult the map and the appropriate agency prior to opening a food establishment.