Retail Food Establishments

Environmental health specialists are responsible for licensing and inspecting all public food facilities such as restaurants, supermarkets, and other retail operations. In addition, environmental health specialists conduct investigations of food and institution-based illness, complaints and vector control issues.


Food Safety Forum . . . . . . . .

Broomfield's environmental health specialists hosted the annual forum for all foodservice operators and community members on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Watch the Food Safety Forum to be informed of the new FDA Food Code, inspections, and violations and potential solutions for Broomfield's retail food establishments. 

Food Safety Forum Resources

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blue-heading-icons_documentFDA Food Code Transition  . . . . . . . .

The adoption of the 2013 FDA Model Food Code, that will be implemented on January 1, 2019, does include some operational changes for ALL retail food establishments. Those changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Certified Food Protection Managers 
  • Proper Date Marking of ready to eat foods that have to 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. 

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

Rblue-heading-icons_magnifying-glassisk-Based Inspection Frequency . . . . . . . .

Retail Food EsFood Inspectiontablishments in Colorado must be inspected twice per year or at a frequency determined by an approved risk-based alternative method. 

An inspection of a retail food establishment should be performed at least twice every year unless the department follows the risk-based method. Broomfield follows the risk-based method, therefore some restaurants are inspected once every other year. Learn more about the risk-based methodology and about food safety at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Food Safety web page.


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