News from the State!
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recently began the process of revising the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations. The department has made the determination to incorporate the 2013 FDA Food Code as the new Colorado Retail Food Regulations. Adoption of the FDA code allows us:
- To repair broken connections to Food and Drug Administration resources/guidance that are readily available in eight languages for both Local Public Health Agencies and industry, and;
- Aligns Colorado's Retail Food program with all other state programs that use the national standard and provides greater access to comprehensive data to assess program activities and effectiveness.
This revision process includes a stakeholder process that is essential to identify regulation differences, determine training needs of industry and regulatory staff, update data systems and understand implementation logistics and needs. Adopting the FDA Food Code allows the State to focus resources on implementation needs versus spending an extensive amount of time to modify the Colorado Regulation.
As the program moves through the stakeholder process, information and resources will be made available through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website at: