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Breaking Down the 10 major changes to the Colorado Food Code – Change #4 – Critical Violations

On January 1, 2019 the state of Colorado adopted the 2013 FDA Food Code. What does this mean to you as a foodservice operator in Colorado? It means that your operation will be impacted. In order to prepare the first step is to be aware of what the changes are.

There are 10 major changes. One of the changes is important to be aware of because it is about how Critical vs. Non-Critical items are now “defined.

What is the change?

The terms critical and non- critical are now going away and being replaced by three new categories. These are Priority Item (P), Priority Foundation Item (Pf) and Core Item (no subscript). Refer to the FDA Food Code and/or the Colorado Department of Public Health Website to gain deeper understanding of each term. Your team will need to understand each category. The intent here is to better identify risk-based controls within the food code.

Brand Protection Consultants offers onsite, one hour, workshops in the Greater Denver area. These workshops are designed to provide a basic overview of the changes. Scheduling a workshop in your establishment is a simple way to ensure that your team members have the knowledge they need. It will help them understand the “why” behind the changes and how they protect public health.

For more information on the food code changes you can visit the Colorado Department of Health website. If you have additional questions Brand Protection Consultants are happy to help. We can be reached at 720-669-8032 or . For information on our workshops go to

Remember- Be Clean. Be Consistent. Be Compliant. Be Safe

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