Food Safety

Food safety is a top priority for San Miguel County Public Health. Within SMCPH, the Environmental Health Department works to minimize and control the risk of food related illness through uniform standards for the retail food industry. 

See below for resources for businesses, individuals, and reporting:

Retail Food Establishment Licensing

All food facilities in San Miguel County must be licensed and inspected on a regular basis based on the food protection statute. Plans for any new retail food facilities or upgrades to existing food facilities are required to be reviewed by Public Health to assure compliance with food industry standards.  

Public Health conducts food licensing and safety inspections are based on the Colorado Retail Food Rules and Regulations (6 CCR 1010-2) (CCR 1010-2 en espanol). 

Retail Food Establishment Applications:

Food Handler and Manager Training

Training Opportunity: Certified Food Protection Manager 

Restaurant managers have a variety of things to consider to compete in the food service industry. Certified food protection manager training prepares a food manager or supervisor to oversee safe storage, preparation, and service of food in the workplace. The course will give the skills to make and support policies and educate staff on practices, behaviors and methods to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. 

Colorado currently requires food establishments to have a certified food protection manager on staff. 

Beginning March 1, 2025, a certified food protection manager will be required onsite during operation* (*exemption available for low risk operations).

San Miguel County will be offering regularly scheduled free, in person, proctored exams in Telluride and Norwood for people that complete state food safety online Certified Food Protection Manager training. Dates and times for proctored CFPM exams to be announced soon! Start the course now!

Register at State Food Safety - follow instructions below:

  1. Set up an account
  2. Select "Training and Exam" option
  3. Select "Exam Proctor Options" tab
  4. Select "Employer or Health Department Proctored"

Dates for proctored exam and registration will be posted on this website. Questions? Contact Chris Smith at 970-519-1076

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