Retail Food Safety

The Retail Food Safety Program at NCHD is the Environmental Health Division's largest program. Our staff covers over 400 restaurants, grocery stores, schools and other facilities that store and/or serve food throughout our health district. We perform twice-yearly inspections on most facilities, or more frequently if a facility has had a history of critical violations or is the subject of complaints.

When we inspect facilities we are looking to ensure there are no violations that could contribute to a foodborne illness. We check to make sure foods are cooked and stored at appropriate temperatures, that facilities are clean and sanitization procedures are being followed, that food service staff are practicing good personal hygiene, and that all equipment is kept in working order. We also participate in the education of food service staff in northeast Colorado by offering ServSafe Food Handler and Manager trainings.

The State Board of Health unanimously voted to adopt the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (US FDA) 2013 model Food Code and the 2013 Supplement with an implementation date of January 1, 2019. So, we feel it is essential to keep our establishments up to date with the impending changes. 

The updated Food Code does include some changes in operation for our facilities.  Follow the link provided above for the most current information provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE). 

ServSafe Trainings

 
The Managers' Certification and Food Handlers' ServSafe Trainings are provided in northeast Colorado by CSU Cooperative Extension and NCHD. For more information or to register contact Joy Akey, (970) 332-4151.
 
2019 Manager's Certification:
-Monday, February 11, 2019: Yuma County Fair Grounds, Yuma, CO 
8 am - 5:30 pm
-Wednesday, June 5, 2019: Logan County Extension Office, Sterling, CO 8 am - 5:30 pm
-Thursday,  September 12, 2019: Logan County Extension Office, Sterling, CO 8 am - 5:30 pm
-Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Washington County Event Center, Akron, CO 8 am- 5:30 pm

2019 Food Handlers Training: 
-Tuesday, April 16, 2019: Morgan County Fairgrounds, Brush, CO 9 am - 3 pm

Managers' Training

 

COST

$100 if postmarked 30 days prior to training

$125 if postmarked less than 30 days prior to training

 

Topics

-Causes and costs of foodborne illness
-Proper employee hygiene
-Causes and prevention of food contamination
-Temperatures for cooking & serving

-Storage of food and non-food products
-Cleaning and sanitizing requirements/procedures

 

Registration Includes

-Lunch and refreshment breaks

-7 hours of food safety training
-Food Safety resource manual
-Temperature recording charts
-National Restaurant Association Certification examination
-Food Safety resources to train employees

 

Food Handlers' Training

 

COST

$40 if postmarked 2 weeks before training

$55 if postmarked less than 2 weeks prior to training

 

Topics

-Personal hygiene
-Cross-contamination prevention
-Cooking & serving temperatures
-Cooling procedures & storage temperatures
-Cleaning & sanitizing procedures

 

 

Registration Includes

-Training manual
-Lunch and refreshment breaks
-Food Handlers' certificate and registration number
-Food thermometer

 

For more information on ServSafe Trainings, or to register please contact:
 
Joy Akey
(970) 332-4151
 

Northeast Colorado Food Handler Course

This course encourages personal commitment to food safety principles and will prepare you to become a safe food handler.
 
This food handler course provides instruction on the following:
- Food hazards: biological, physical, and chemical
- Personal hygiene practices
- Cleaning and sanitizing processes
- Time and temperature controls

Temporary Events

 
 

Additional Resources

Excellence in Food Safety

 
Every April we recognize the food establishments within our jurisdiction for providing the public with safely prepared foods and maintaining a high standard of food safety. There are three categories of award winners. Full service, a facility conducting food preparation, cooling, reheating, and hot and cold holding of potentially hazardous foods. Limited service, a facility conducting food preparation, limited cooling, reheating, and hot and cold holding of potentially hazardous foods. Finally, there is non- profit/ public service, this is a facility the operates as a public school, senior center, or other public entity. These awards are very hard to obtain, and we sincerely appreciate the hard work of all operators that put the health of their customers first. There are 472 total retail food establishments in Northeast Colorado, we only gave 18 Excellence in Food Safety Awards for 2018.

2018 Award Winners

Full Service

McDonalds- Logan County
The Flame- Morgan County

The Skillet- Phillips County

CBM Managed Services- Yuma County
Trinity Services I LLC #1- Washington County

Limited Service

Hot Java Express LLC- LoganCounty

Dominos- Morgan County

C-Mart & The Daily Grind- Phillips County

Mustache Enterprises- Washington County

Farm House Market- Yuma County

Non-profit/ Public Service

Sterling Middle School- Logan County

Wiggins Elementary- Morgan County

Julesburg Grade School- Phillips County

Ovid Senior Center- Sedgwick County

Otis School Lunch- Washington County

Yuma High School Lunch & Morris Elementary School- Yuma County

If you'd like more information, please contact our Environmental Health Manager:

Melvin Bustos
(970) 867-4918 x2262
melb@nchd.org 

NCHD District Headquarters

700 Columbine Street

Sterling, Co 80751

 

Call us:

1-877-795-0646

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