Retail Food Safety

The Retail Food Safety Program at NCHD is the Environmental Health Division's largest program. Our staff covers over 400 restaurants, grocery stores, schools and other facilities that store and/or serve food throughout our health district. We perform twice-yearly inspections on most facilities, or more frequently if a facility has had a history of critical violations or is the subject of complaints.

When we inspect facilities we are looking to ensure there are no violations that could contribute to a foodborne illness. We check to make sure foods are cooked and stored at appropriate temperatures, that facilities are clean and sanitization procedures are being followed, that food service staff are practicing good personal hygiene, and that all equipment is kept in working order. We also participate in the education of food service staff in northeast Colorado by offering ServSafe Food Handler and Manager trainings.

The State Board of Health unanimously voted to adopt the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (US FDA) 2013 model Food Code and the 2013 Supplement with an implementation date of January 1, 2019. 

We continue to work with facilities to follow the current requirements within the 2013 model Food code.

ServSafe Trainings

The Managers' Certification and Food Handlers' ServSafe Trainings are provided in northeast Colorado by CSU Cooperative Extension and NCHD. For more information or to register contact Joy Akey, (970) 332-4151.
2021 Manager's Certification:
-Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Morgan County Fairgrounds, Brush, CO  8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

2021 Food Handlers Training: 
-Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - Logan County Extension Office, Sterling, CO  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-Monday, September 20, 2021 - Yuma County Fairgrounds, Yuma, CO  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - Morgan County Fairgrounds, Brush, CO  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Managers' Training


$100 if postmarked 30 days prior to training

$125 if postmarked less than 30 days prior to training



-Causes and costs of foodborne illness
-Proper employee hygiene
-Causes and prevention of food contamination
-Temperatures for cooking & serving

-Storage of food and non-food products
-Cleaning and sanitizing requirements/procedures


Registration Includes

-Lunch and refreshment breaks

-7 hours of food safety training
-Food Safety resource manual
-Temperature recording charts
-National Restaurant Association Certification examination
-Food Safety resources to train employees



Food Handlers' Training


$40 if postmarked 2 weeks before training

$55 if postmarked less than 2 weeks prior to training



-Personal hygiene
-Cross-contamination prevention
-Cooking & serving temperatures
-Cooling procedures & storage temperatures
-Cleaning & sanitizing procedures



Registration Includes

-Training manual
-Lunch and refreshment breaks
-Food Handlers' certificate and registration number
-Food thermometer


For more information on ServSafe Trainings, or to register please contact:
Joy Akey
(970) 332-4151

Northeast Colorado Food Handler Course

This course encourages personal commitment to food safety principles and will prepare you to become a safe food handler.  The Food Handler Course does not meet the requirement of having a certified food protection manager, but gives food handling staff more knowledge on basic food safety principles.
This food handler course provides instruction on the following:
- Food hazards: biological, physical, and chemical
- Personal hygiene practices
- Cleaning and sanitizing processes
- Time and temperature controls

Temporary Events


Additional Resources

Excellence in Food Safety

Every April we recognize the food establishments within our jurisdiction for providing the public with safely prepared foods and maintaining a high standard of food safety. There are three categories of award winners. Full service, a facility conducting food preparation, cooling, reheating, and hot and cold holding of potentially hazardous foods. Limited service, a facility conducting food preparation, limited cooling, reheating, and hot and cold holding of potentially hazardous foods. Finally, there is non- profit/ public service, this is a facility the operates as a public school, senior center, or other public entity. These awards are very hard to obtain, and we sincerely appreciate the hard work of all operators that put the health of their customers first. There are 472 total retail food establishments in Northeast Colorado, we only gave 18 Excellence in Food Safety Awards for 2018.

2019 Award Winners

Full Service

Spurz Grill - Logan County
All About the Smoke - Morgan County

The Daily Grind - Phillips County

Fernando's - Yuma County

Non-profit/ Public Service

Sterling High School - Logan County

Beaver Valley School - Morgan County

Ovid Senior Center - Sedgwick County

Otis School Lunch- Washington County

Wray High School Lunch Program - Yuma County

Limited Service

Brew Grit Coffee - LoganCounty

Morning Wood Coffee - Morgan County

Das Grebble Haus- Phillips County

Pizza Hut - Yuma County

If you'd like more information, please contact our Environmental Health Manager:

Melvin Bustos
(970) 867-4918 x2262 

NCHD District Headquarters

700 Columbine Street

Sterling, Co 80751


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