COLORADO HAS ADOPTED NEW RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENT REGULATIONS

The holders of a Colorado Retail Food License are REQUIRED to follow the newly adopted Food and Drug Administration Food Code in Colorado regulations or face fines and penalties for non-compliance.


What Regulations?

In November 2017, Colorado adopted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 2013 Model Food Code as the new regulation for retail food establishments; the state and local health departments will all begin to enforce this new regulation on January 1, 2019 when the regulation becomes effective.


What Is Changing?

Several MAJOR changes come with the 2013 Food Code that will directly impact the retail food industry, and those businesses will be held accountable for compliance.

Changes include, but are not limited to:

· Certified Food Protection Managers

· Proper Date Marking of ready to eat foods that must be maintained cold to be safe

· Procedures in place for the proper cleanup of a vomiting or diarrheal event

· Handwashing signs at all handwashing sinks used by employees

· Redefinition of “potentially hazardous foods”

· The variance process for specialized food processing methods

· Certification requirements for food equipment

· Food container reuse

· Handwashing and glove use

· Classification change of critical and non-critical violations to Priority Item, Priority Foundation Item, and Core.

…this is just a small list of the changes and requirements.


How Do I Prepare?

Most Local Public Health Departments are not currently offering face-to-face or virtual training to managers and owners of retail food establishments to prepare for these changes, leaving the industry to fend for themselves.


The industry experts at CloudBreak Advisory, LLC can assist you in preparing for these complex changes and give you the tools that will minimize impacts to your business.

We have certified instructors with the National Restaurant Association and can provide your managers with required training. We will help you identify all of your ready-to-eat foods that will need to be date stamped. We will partner with you in developing appropriate procedures to ensure vomit and diarrhea are cleaned up properly in accordance with the regulations. We will be your trusted advisor!


Contact Us: CloudBreak Advisory, LLC

Steven Chevalier, MS, REHS ◦ 303-408-7969 ◦ schevalier@cloudbreakadv.com

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