Boulder County food facilities go above and beyond for food safety

Boulder County – Eighty-seven food facilities in Boulder County have gone above and beyond to make  food safety as much of a priority as the quality of the food, and the quality of the environment in their facilities. Each of the 87 restaurants and facilities is an active member of the Boulder County Public Health Partners for Food Safety Program.

There are 1,677 licensed food facilities and restaurants in Boulder County.

The Partners for Food Safety Program is an incentive program aimed at recognizing facilities in Boulder County who practice excellent food safety and help us to minimize foodborne illness in the community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 out of 6 Americans becomes sick from a foodborne illness every year. Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die.

“Most of us focus on the taste of food and the overall experience when we dine out, not the safety of the food,” said Kyla Pearlman, Food Safety Team Leader. “These restaurants and facilities should be commended for taking extra steps to make sure that the food they serve is not only delicious, but safe.”

The program is voluntary, but it requires that a facility meet strict program criteria to receive recognition. Some of the requirements of the program include additional training, temperature tracking, and establishing and keeping up-to-date with maintenance contracts.
“Safe food is first and foremost. It is an integral part of food quality,” said Kyle Mendenhall, from The Kitchen. “The Partners program is a way to show the community that we take food safety very seriously.”

“The program is one of the best kept secrets in Boulder, which is a drag,” said Tenzin McClain from Whole Foods Market. “Now food safety is woven into the fabric of our everyday operations at Whole Foods Market.”

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 model for food safety,” said Pearlman. “Rather than penalizing facilities, we aim to be a partner, to provide training and tools to make food safety an easy part of their business.”

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. 

Visit to see a full list of participants. Residents or businesses interested in the program can contact Boulder County Public Health at 303.441.1564 or email Maureen McNamara at


Chana Goussetis
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Boulder County Public Health

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