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Colorado Moving to the 2013 FDA Food Code for Retail Food Inspections

In 2017, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) conducted a series of stakeholder meetings related to the adoption of a new food code.  CDPHE recommended that Colorado adopt the science- based, U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 2013 model Food Code and the 2015 Supplement as Colorado’s new food code.  The date of implementation of the new code will be January 1, 2019.  The new code and guidance, and other information pertaining to the change, can be found at:

Food Safety Forum Presentation - May 7, 2018

Food Safety (for Regulated Facilities)

Chef Cutting vegetablesFood Safety Services Provided:

  • Licensing and inspections of all restaurants, grocery stores, convenient stores, delis, concession stands, school and hospital kitchens, meat markets, food processors, mobile food units, and pushcarts.
  • Plan reviews, inspection and approval of all new or reopened establishments prior to opening.
  • Change of ownership inspections.
  • Weld STAR training in safe food handling practices for restaurant managers and staff.
  • Foodborne outbreak investigations associated with commercial food service providers.
  • Consumer protection alerts involving food products by alerting retailers and checking stores for recalled products.
  • Complaint follow-up and investigation.
  • Temporary event inspections.
Food Service License Fees to Increase in 2019

In 2016, the Colorado Legislature modified the Food Protection Act to increase the licensing fees for restaurants, delis, catering operations, grocery stores, food trucks, push carts and other retail food establishments.  The increased fees were to be phased in over three years. On September 1, 2018, the third and final phase of the fee increase is to become effective. Any new establishments opening after September 1, 2018 will be subject to the new fees. Currently operating establishments will see an increase in their license fees at the time of license renewal.

Licensing Fee Comparisons For Retail Food Establishments
Establishment Type Current Fees New License Fees 2019
Restaurant 0-100 Seats $360 $385
Restaurant 100-200 Seats $400 $430
Restaurant >200 Seats $435 $465
Grocery <15,000 sq. ft $183 $195
Grocery >15,000 sq. ft $330 $353
Grocery with Deli <15,000 sq. ft $350 $375
Grocery with Deli >15,000 sq. ft $665 $715
Mobile Units (Prepackaged) $253 $275
Mobile Units (Full Food Service) $360 $385
Special Event Vendors $100 (one) $100 (one)
$385 (year) $385 (year)
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