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Ensuring Uniformity and Consistency in Retail Food Inspections

 

Ensuring Uniformity and Consistency in Retail Food Inspections
Standardization
Standardization of retail food inspection personnel is intended to achieve statewide uniformity of the interpretation and application of the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations.  This helps ensure that all inspectors throughout Colorado are conducting their inspections similarly.
During the standardization exercise, the retail food inspector is expected to demonstrate knowledge of an expertise in the application and interpretation of the regulations, identify the factors existing in the restaurant that most likely will lead to a foodborne illness, focus their inspections on those items that are most critical in nature, demonstrate the use of essential inspection equipment, and exhibit the necessary communication skills in conducting a restaurant inspection.
A retail food inspector who is successful in achieving standardization by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is required to standardize all other retail food establishment inspectors meeting the minimum qualifications within his/her regulatory agency.
The goal of standardization, ultimately, is to evaluate and ensure that all retail food inspection staff throughout the State of Colorado are consistently applying the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations.
Survey and Assessments
The Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability evaluates local inspection programs throughout Colorado in order to ensure restaurant regulations are applied and interpreted consistently.  Past inspection reports, procedures and training records are reviewed in order to assess each program and provide recommendations to improve effectiveness.  The ultimate goal of these assessments is to assure restaurant inspection programs are identifying and correcting violations, particularly those that are known to lead to foodborne illness.