Food Safety

FDA Food Code Transition

On November 5, 2017, the State of Colorado adopted the 2013 FDA Food Code, with an implementation date of January 1, 2019.  The FDA Food Code is a model for safeguarding public health and ensuring food is unadulterated and honestly presented when offered to the consumer.  It represents FDA’s best advice for a uniform system of provisions addressing safety and protection of food offered at retail and in food service. 

The adoption of the Food Code includes some operational changes for retail food establishments, the most significant of which are communicated in the following presentation:

Additional Guidance Documents

Food Safety Training

The Environmental Health Department routinely offers food service training courses. "Food Safety Basics" is a free, 3-hour course focused on the leading risk factors that cause foodborne illness. This is an interactive course with hands on training, great for both new hires and for chefs with years of experience. 
If you cannot make it to one of our classes in person, there are approved online courses located at, in 8 languages (Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, English, Serbo-Croatian, Tagalog, Vietnamese and American Sign Language).