New partners join in food safety program

A total of 10 restaurants and other organizations have joined in a food safety program conducted by Mesa County Public Health.

The 10 new participants in the  Partnership for Food Safety Program are 626 on Rood, Community Hospital, Dairy Queen of Fruita, Enzo’s Pizza Shack, Enzo’s Pizzeria & Italian Café, Mesa County School District 51, Olive Garden, Palisade Café 11.0, Pinnacle at Two Rivers and Texas Roadhouse. The new participants join 20 existing partners in the program.

“This program showcases those facilities that go above and beyond to ensure their customers are getting the best and safest products and services,” said Monique Mull, consumer protection program manager at Mesa County Public Health. “They have put in extra time and effort to take that proactive approach and it shows in the quality of their businesses.”

Partners work with Mesa County Public Health inspectors to put such procedures in place as temperature logs and
self-inspection forms that set their businesses up for success, Mull said. At least 90 percent of the food handlers have a Mesa County Food Handler Card or a ServSafe certificate, and managers are food safety certified.

“Becoming a partner can sound a little bit daunting because it does require going the extra mile, but the knowledge and resources that come with it really do make a difference in the kitchen,” Mull said.

For more information about the program and partners, visit www.health.mesacounty.us and click on restaurant inspections.