The Food Safety Program at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment works with local retail food establishments to promote and protect consumer health. The Food Program’s main goals include:
- Working to reduce the risk factors that cause foodborne illnesses
- Ensuring food sold and served to the public is safe
- Promoting compliance with State food safety laws and regulations through education and enforcement
- Licensing and inspecting of commercial food operations. Commercial food operations include restaurants, cafeterias, grocery stores, delis, concession stands, mobile food units, and pushcarts.
- Temporary food event inspections including plan review prior to each event. Event coordinator training is also offered for these events.
- Food Safety classes are offered twice a year (see calendar), as well as by request during work hours or on weekends.
- Local food safety newsletters are mailed out twice a year to educate owners, managers, and employees of food service.
- Investigation and follow-up reports of foodborne illness and general public health complaints associated with food service operations.
- Change of ownership inspections for prospective real estate transactions involving food establishments.
- Assistance with consumer alerts and food recalls.
- Construction guidance for new establishment or establishments planning to remodel. Services include: pre-plan consultations, plan reviews, construction inspections, and opening inspections.
To report a food-related complaint, call the Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness Division, 583-4307