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).
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.
2020 Manager's Certification:
-Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - Morgan County Fairgrounds, Brush, CO 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2020 Food Handlers Training:
-Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - Logan County Extension Office, Sterling, CO 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-Wednesday, November 9, 2020 - Yuma County Fairgrounds, Yuma, CO 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$100 if postmarked 30 days prior to training
$125 if postmarked less than 30 days prior to training
-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
-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
$40 if postmarked 2 weeks before training
$55 if postmarked less than 2 weeks prior to training
-Cooking & serving temperatures
-Cooling procedures & storage temperatures
-Cleaning & sanitizing procedures
-Lunch and refreshment breaks
-Food Handlers' certificate and registration number
For more information on ServSafe Trainings, or to register please contact:
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
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
McDonalds- Logan County
The Flame- Morgan County
The Skillet- Phillips County
CBM Managed Services- Yuma County
Trinity Services I LLC #1- Washington County
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:
(970) 867-4918 x2262