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Boulder county restaurateurs protect residents’ health

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Boulder County – Sixteen restaurateurs were recognized on July 20, 2011 for their achievement in exceptional food safety as  part of the Boulder County Public Health Partners for Food Safety Program.

The Partners for Food Safety Program shifts focus away from inspections and fines and instead emphasizes collaboration, training, and recognition to ensure ongoing food safety practices. 

“It’s a new way of thinking about food safety,” said Marshall Lipps, Boulder County Public Health Environmental Health Specialist. “The program’s based on partnership and incentives rather than the traditional punitive model.”

A total of 32 restaurants have joined the program so far this year, including the first partner business in Nederland; surpassing the 2010 total of 30 partners. 
 
Cori and Tom Boogaard, owners of Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery in Nederland, say they are honored to be part of the program. “We strive to take the extra steps each day to ensure our neighbors/customers and their families [have] a safe & delicious experience each and every time they dine with us.”

“The program praised safety measures already in place and pushed us forward to get food safety measures in place that weren’t there,” said Lauren Heising, coordinator for sustainable dining at the University of Colorado. 

Residents can encourage exceptional food safety practices by supporting businesses that participate in the program and by asking their favorite local restaurant if they are a partner.

New partners this quarter include: Country Buffet, 1250 South Hover Road, Bldg. 1, Longmont; Panera Bread 3080, 302 Center Drive, Unit A, Superior; Z Pizza, 1695 29th Street #1252, Boulder; Taco Bell 1998, 2220 Main Street, Longmont; Dairy Queen, 305 Exempla Circle, Lafayette; Outreach United Resource (OUR) Center, 250 3rd Avenue, Longmont; Moe's Broadway Bagel, 3267 28th Street, Boulder; Wild Mountain Smokehouse, 70 E. First Street, Nederland; Ripple Pure Frozen Yogurt, 1682 30th Street, Boulder; Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1708 Main Street, Longmont; Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1100 Ken Pratt, Longmont; Denny’s, 2905 Baseline Road, Boulder; Ted's Montana Grill, 1701 Pearl Street, Boulder; and Starbucks, 1100 Ken Pratt, Longmont. 

For a full list of partners, visit www.BoulderCountyFood.org. Residents or businesses interested in the program can contact Boulder County Public Health at 303.441.1564 or email Maureen McNamara at mmcnamara@bouldercounty.org.
 
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Chana Goussetis
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Boulder County Public Health
cgoussetis@bouldercounty.org
303-441-1457


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