MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -- About 20 restaurant owners were recognized for a proactive approach to food safety, as members of the Mesa County Health Department partnership for food safety program.
The program focuses on preventing food borne illnesses, which can occur from cross contamination of foods or a lack of employee hand washing.
A common source of illness is improper storage of food at dangerous temperatures between 40 degrees and 135 degrees, which allow bacteria to grow.
All the businesses recognized have met the health department’s three criteria:
- Ninety percent of the facility's food handlers to have a Mesa County Food Handler Card or a ServSafe certificate.
- A food safety certified manager is on premise during all hours of operation.
- The facility has proactive procedures in place, such as documentation of temperature logs, self-inspection forms and pest control contracts.
"To have this many local facilities coming in and doing what they can to keep residents safe, it’s so important,” said Andi Goddeyne from the Mesa County Health Department. "We want to help ensure that people don't get sick, we don't want Mesa County residents to get food borne illnesses. These facilities are trying to stop that in its tracks."
The full list of restaurants recognized by the Mesa County Health Department is listed below:
- Applebee's Grill & Bar
- Chili's Grill & Bar
- Colorado Q
- Dairy Queen of Mesa Mall
- Dairy Queen of Orchard Mesa
- Dos Hombres Clifton
- Dream Café
- Egg & I
- Fisher's Market
- 'Ganic Grub
- Junct'n Square Pizza
- Michael Angelo's Wood Fired Pizza
- No Coast Sushi Fruita
- No Coast Sushi Grand Junction
- P.S. Catering
- Pablo's Pizza of Grand Junction
- St. Mary's Medical Center
- The Commons of Hilltop
- Varaison Vineyards
- Wine Country Inn