Information about Colorado’s new food code and the major changes that went into effect January 1.
Food code transitions
Garfield County’s consumer protection program is responsible for inspecting child care facilities and retail food establishments. The mission is to prevent the transmission of foodborne and communicable diseases through education and enforcement of applicable Colorado regulations.
Retail food license fee increase
Incremental increases of fees for retail food establishments go into effect on Sept. 1. If an establishment already has a 2018 retail food license, the increase will not kick in until the business renews its license in 2019.
License fee increase
Garfield County builds successful food safety consumer protection program
June 16, 2016 press release
Foodborne illness is a widespread and costly public health problem. Foodborne illness refers to any disease caused by consuming a food or beverage that is contaminated with a bacteria, virus, parasite, chemical, or toxins. The typical symptoms of foodborne illness include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever. In very rare cases, more severe side effects can result, such as nerve damage, kidney damage, miscarriage, and death.
Young children and the elderly are more at risk for developing serious side effects, but young, healthy adults are also susceptible. It is estimated that one in six Americans will get foodborne illness each year, and thousands more will be hospitalized. As many as 3,000 deaths are attributed to foodborne illness in the U.S. annually, which can be prevented by proper food safety principles being applied in homes and food service operations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that reducing foodborne illness by just ten percent would prevent five million Americans from getting sick each year.
What the consumer protection team does:
- Licenses and inspects retail food establishments, which includes restaurants, grocery stores, bars, convenience stores, school kitchens, and food trucks – there are over 300 and counting in Garfield County
- Inspects temporary events where food is served, such as the Garfield County Fair, festivals, and farmer’s markets
- Enforces the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations
- Assists in foodborne illness outbreak investigations
- Conducts plan reviews, inspections, and approval of all new or extensively remodeled food establishments
- Provides food safety education classes for restaurant workers
- Investigates complaints of suspected foodborne illness and unsanitary conditions in retail food establishments
- Inspects child care facilities for proper sanitation
To operate a restaurant or mobile food truck in Garfield County, you must become licensed as a retail food establishment to sell food to the public.
Please submit the following:
- Completed plan Review application or Mobile Unit Plan Review application
- Proof of Citizenship affidavit (for sole proprietors only)
- $100.00 Fee (Make checks payable to 'Garfield County Treasurer')
- Equipment Specification Sheets
- Architectural plans
For facilities located in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs:
Garfield County Public Health - Food Program
2014 Blake Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Fax: (970) 947-0155
For facilities located in New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Parachute, and Battlement Mesa:
Garfield County Public Health - Food Program
195 W. 14th Street
Rifle, CO 81650
Fax: (970) 625-4804
The inspector reviews the plans and will contact you with questions. CRS 25-4-1605(4) states that the health department shall respond to any plans submitted within 14 working days. Please be advised that does not mean the plans will be approved within 14 days.
The inspector issues a plan approval letter. This not approval to open! This is approval for construction to begin.
Once construction is complete, we will schedule a pre-operational inspection. If there are no unresolved critical items at that time, approval to open will be granted pending:
• Retail Food Establishment License Application is submitted
• License fee is paid
• Final approval from building authority and fire department
• All required sales tax licenses and permits have been obtained
Food safety page
To report a suspected case of foodborne illness or unsanitary conditions in a food establishment in Garfield County, please call (970) 625-5200 ext. 8128 and be ready to provide the following information:
• Your name and contact information
• Information about the suspected establishment or product information for manufactured products
• Information about your symptoms and medical care received, if applicable
• Other ill persons in your party and their contact information
• Signs related to food handling https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/signs-related-food-handling
• Interpretive memos clarifying retail food regulations https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/retail-food-resources
• Cottage foods https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/cottage-foods-act
• Wholesale food program : https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/food-manufacturing-and-storage
Food safety recalls
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Protecting and Promoting Your Health