Food Safety

The Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) Food Protection and Safety Program works to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks and assure that Jefferson County citizens and visitors are provided with safe food. Staff routinely inspects food service operations, such as restaurants, delicatessens, school cafeterias and retail markets to ensure compliance with Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations (PDF).

New Retail Food Establishment Regulations  **Coming in 2019**

Colorado is incorporating the 2013 FDA Food Code by reference as the revised Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations which will be effective as of January 1, 2019. 

Some of the more major changes for retail food establishments include:

  • Required certified food protection managers
  • Proper date marking of ready to eat foods that must be maintained cold for safety
  • Procedures in place for the proper cleanup of vomiting and diarrheal events
  • Handwashing signs at all handwashing sinks used by employees

Visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment FDA Food Code Transition website for additional information, including documents and guidance.  

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