Food safety and licensing
Food safety is an important concern anywhere food is prepared and served. One in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year, often a result of inadequate storage, handling, and preparation. There are plenty of ways to reduce your risk of getting food poisoning by preventing the contamination and spread of bacteria such as salmonella, listeria, and E. coli. For more information about proper cleaning, storage, and preparation of food, visit FoodSafety.gov, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Partnership for Food Safety Education.
To report unsafe food conditions in a restaurant, contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - Retail Foods.
Proper food handling and storage in retail food establishments is essential in the prevention of food-borne illness. In working toward creating healthy eating environments for residents of Garfield County, the Environmental Health Department is happy to provide our customers with available information; however, we are not the regulatory agency for food safety and licensing. Please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment- Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability if you are looking to open a restaurant, begin a wholesale foods operation, or for information about milk and dairy regulations.
ServeSafe Training Courses
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment occasionally hosts ServeSafe courses in Garfield County. Our neighboring counties also host courses that Garfield County food service operations are welcome to attend. You can find more information about them by contacting the Eagle County or Mesa County Environmental Health Departments.