Possible upcoming changes for festivals and events
by Tara Walker
Grand County Environmental Health’ Retail Food is a new department now administrating licensing and retail food inspections for all establishments within Grand County. All state
New CDPHE food codes went into effect for the state of Colorado in January 2019, but no local changes will be made at this time according to Grand County Public Health Director Brene Belew-Ledue, “We are going to establish Grand County food policies and more than likely will adopt what the state already has. We can’t change
Belew-Ledue explained that Grand County Environmental Health hopes to have new codes established by March regarding special events and festivals. Any future code policy changes will go through BOCC hearings and more information will be provided to the public as changes occur.
Grand County food inspector Kadie Huse recently starting inspections after almost 6 months of training with the Colorado Department of Food and Health.
Belew-Ledue feels that the local change with food inspection and licensing will have positive effects, “We can be more
Inspector Hue explained that the state has 6 or 7 employees covering Grand County and other Rural counties as far south as Durango. Those employees were two hours away and it was difficult to meet them in person with the distance involved. Now, Hue can visit the restaurants to help them open.
“I am able to have inspections and follow up more quickly with issues so operations can resume. I can be more proactive and help in a more timely manner. We’ve done a lot of outreach on the new food codes that took effect January 1st and if restaurant owners have questions, please go to the grand county public health webpage and the retail food section for contacting me or for more information,” said Huse.
She attended Montana State University and received a BS in Land Resource Management with an emphasis in political science and an emphasis
Huse commented, “It’s been a great learning experience. I am near the end of 6 months of training from the state and transitioning to inspections on my own. In the coming months, I will be doing daycare and childcare facility inspections. I am already inspecting kitchens at the high schools, middle schools
More information on the New Grand County Environmental Health Department can be found on the County website under Retail Food. License fees will now be paid to Grand County Health. Some Changes in CDPHE Food code for 2019 include:
- At least one person affiliated with the facility with management/
supervisorresponsibility must be a Certified Food Protection Manager from an accredited program, and this change applies to most establishments. Seven daydate marks are required on certain ready-to-eat time/temperature control for safety (TCS) foods, and a date mark is required if food is held longer than 24 hours.
- Procedures are required in all establishments in the event of
a diarrheaor vomiting event. Operators must inform all employees on how to safely clean up bodily fluid discharges.
- Hand washing is no longer required before every glove change. If no risk of contamination has occurred by task change, employees can change gloves without washing their hands.
- A sign or poster notifying employees to wash their hands
is required at all handwashing sinks used by food
employees andmust be clearly visible.
- Refilling take-home food containers for food and beverages
is now allowed. Operators will need to wash, rinse, sanitize, and inspect the refillable container if it is for food or a TCS beverage before refilling. Non-TCS beverages will be allowed to be refilled by the operator after rinsing with hot
water,and can be refilled by the customer if contamination can be prevented.
- Appliances and equipment are no longer required to be ANSI certified, but will still need to meet performance requirements.
- The term “potentially hazardous” food has been changed to “time/temperature control for safety”