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Food Safety Works A publication of Colorado State University Larimer County Extension and Larimer County Department of Health and Environment

Dogs, Cats and Ponies Except for service animals, animals are not permitted in food establishments and markets. Animals carry disease –causing germs that can be transmitted to people by direct contamination of food or food-contact surfaces. Animals may urinate or defecate on floors exposing workers responsible for cleaning up to disease causing germs, and some shed hair continuously. Food establishments must allow the public to bring service animals into their establishments. Service animals are not pets, and are defined as a dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The work or task must be directly related to the person’s disability. Service animals are not required to wear special collars or harnesses or to hold a special license or certificate. There are no documents existing that convey any rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and certifications purchased from online retailers are not recognized as proof that the animal is a service animal. Managers of restaurants, markets and staff need to be diligent to exclude non-service animals from their establishments. Staff has the right and the obligation to question individuals who bring animals into their establishments. Is the animal a service animal? What service does that animal provide to that individual? If the animal provides none or if it only provides “comfort” to the person then the animal is to be excluded from the establishment per Colorado’s Retail Food Regulations. Never ask about what kind of disability an individual has, only what kind of service the animal provides. Food establishment staff does not need to question individuals that are accompanied by animals wearing special collars or harnesses that identify the animal as a service animal or other situations where it is obvious that the animal is a service animal. Managers need to provide training to employees as to what is required, what animals are permitted and what questions can and can not be asked to evaluate if animals are truly service animals or not, and how to professionally handle exclusion of non-service animals from establishments.

The care and supervision of a service animal in a restaurant or market is the responsibility of his or her owner. Establishments are not required to provide care, food or a special location for the animal. Management and staff can exclude any service animal that is out of control or when the animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the public. For more information: www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm

Food Safety Collaboration Committee The Food Safety Collaboration Committee met on October 6, 2015. Topics discussed included: • Jason Eisenbach with LCDHE gave a presentation on buying local produce, meats, eggs and other ingredients. Information was presented to inform retail food establishments on what to look for as an approved source when buying from local sources. • An open forum discussion was held inquiring about participants sick employee policies and how they compare to what is required by the retail food regulations. • Nicole Aguilar with LCDHE presented violation data collected statewide. The committee discussed reasons why certain violations are cited at a higher or lower frequency in Larimer County than other regions of the state. We discussed

ways to use this information to be more effective operators and inspectors. The next meeting of the Food Safety Collaboration Committee is January 26 at 2:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

Inside this issue: Dogs, Cats and Ponies


Food Safety Collaboration Committee


Salmonella…Don’t Eat Poop Salmonella...No Coma Materia Fecal

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Just Ask!


Correct Use of Wiping Cloths Food Safety Works Class Schedule

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Salmonella….Don’t Eat Poop By Stephenie Fullaway

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Salmonella….No Coma Materia Fecal Por Stephenie Fullaway

Salmonella Typhimurium is one of the most common Salmonella foodborne infections in Colorado and the United States. Salmonellosis, the disease caused by this bacterium, exhibits symptoms such as diarrhea (sometimes bloody), stomach cramps, fever, nausea and sometimes vomiting. The typical incubation period of this illness can vary from 6-72 hours, with illness typically lasting 2-7 days.

La Salmonella typhimurium es una de las infecciones más comunes de Salmonella transmitida por los alimentos en Colorado y los Estados Unidos. La Salmonella es causada por una bacteria con síntomas tales como diarrea (a veces sanguinolenta), dolores de estómago, fiebre, náuseas y a veces vómitos. El período de incubación típico de esta enfermedad puede variar de 6-72 horas, y el padecimiento suele durar de 2-7 días.

Salmonella is transmitted by a fecal-oral route when food is contaminated with fecal matter. This most commonly occurs from improper handwashing practices or crosscontamination. The most common foods that transmit Salmonella are raw or undercooked poultry, eggs or egg products, undercooked meats, produce and unpasteurized milk. This infection is also known to spread from personto-person, especially within households.

La Salmonella se transmite por contacto oral-fecal cuando la comida está contaminada con materia fecal, más comúnmente por el lavado de manos inadecuado o por contaminación cruzada. Los alimentos que más comunmente transmiten la Salmonella son típicamente la carne de ave cruda o mal cocida, huevos o productos de huevo, carnes mal cocidas, verduras y leche sin pasteurizar. Esta infección también se propaga de persona a persona, especialmente con los de casa .

Salmonellosis is a reportable illness in the State of Colorado, meaning that any doctor confirmation or positive laboratory test must be reported to the Health Department. It is important to remember that if an employee has been diagnosed with salmonellosis, it must be reported to the Health Department. Appropriate employee sick policies will ensure that employees with the salmonellosis symptoms of diarrhea and/or vomiting are excluded from work until they are approved by the Health Department to return to work.

La Salmonella es una enfermedad que se reporta en el estado de Colorado, es decir, cualquier confirmación de médico o prueba de laboratorio positiva deben ser notificados al Departamento de Salud. Es importante recordar que si un empleado ha sido diagnosticado con Salmonella, debe ser reportado al Departamento de Salud. Los buenos reglamentos de enfermedad de los empleados velarán para que todos los empleados enfermos con síntomas de Salmonella tales como diarrea y/o vómitos sean excluidos del trabajo hasta que les permita regresar el Departamento de Salud.

Some safe food handling practices for preventing the spread of Salmonella: • Wash hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds before performing any food preparation –especially after using the restroom. • Wash hands immediately after handling any raw animal products and before moving on to a new task. • Cook all poultry products to a minimum internal temperature of 165⁰F. • Egg or egg products must be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145⁰F. • Ground beef must be cooked to an internal temperature of 155⁰F. • Use separate cutting boards and/or food preparation surfaces for raw animal products in order to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. • Thoroughly clean and sanitize areas that have been contaminated with raw animal products using hot soapy water and approved sanitizer.

Algunas prácticas de manejo seguro de alimentos para prevenir la propagación de la Salmonella:

• Lávese bien las manos con agua tibia y jabón durante aproximadamente 20 segundos antes de realizar cualquier preparación de alimentos. • Lávese las manos inmediatamente después de manipular cualquier producto de origen animal antes de pasar a una nueva tarea. • Cocine todos los productos de aves a una temperatura interna mínima de 165 ⁰F. • Los huevos o productos de huevo deben cocinarse a una temperatura interna mínima de 145 ⁰F. • La carne molida de res debe cocinarse a una temperatura interna de 155⁰F. • Usar tablas de cortar separadas y/o superficies de preparación de alimentos crudos de origen animal, a fin de reducir el riesgo de contaminación cruzada. • Limpiar cuidadosamente las zonas que han sido contaminadas con productos de origen animal con agua caliente jabonosa e higienizador.

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Just Ask! By Paul Rees What is the most common violation cited by the health department? Holding potentially hazardous foods above 41°F. Holding foods for too long in the temperature danger zone, between 41°F and 135°F, can allow the growth of bacteria that could cause illness. This risk factor for foodborne illness is found out of compliance in 60% of the inspections of full service restaurants and 44% of quick serve establishments. Proper temperature control of foods from receiving through preparation and service is critical to ensure a safe food product is served. Proper maintenance of refrigeration equipment and monitoring of food and equipment temperatures using a calibrated food thermometer can prevent citation of this violation. What are the cooling requirements for foods prepared from ingredients at room temperature? Foods prepared from ingredients at room temperature must be quickly cooled to below 41°F in less than 4 hours. Frequently, foods prepared using room temperature ingredients or refrigerated items will rise above 41°F during preparation. Common examples include mixtures using canned foods, diced or sliced tomatoes, sliced luncheon meats and cheeses. Rapid cooling can be easily be achieved using the same methods used to cool hot foods. Cool prepared foods uncovered in shallow metal pans or on sheet pans in a refrigerator or use a blast chiller. Items such as canned salad ingredients can be pre-chilled prior to opening by rotating can stock into a refrigerator. Use a thermometer to verify that the cooling process used will result in rapid cooling to less than 41°F within 4 hours.

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Correct Use of Wiping Cloths By Dayna Murdoch Wiping cloths may be used wet or dry, depending on their intended use. A dry cloth may be used to wipe away food debris more than once or until it is heavily soiled. Wet cloths may be used repeatedly if held in approved sanitizing solution concentrations. Some common misuses of wet or dry wiping cloths are: • Wet wiping cloths used to clean food spills from clean plates and bowls.

“Cloths used for wiping food spills on tableware, such as plates and bowls to be served to the consumer, shall be clean, dry, and used for no other purpose.” • Leaving wet wiping cloths out on kitchen surfaces.

“Cloths shall be held between uses in a clean, chemical sanitizer solution at the proper concentration.” • A cook using a wet wiping cloth to

clean food debris off of a knife, then using that same cloth to wipe food debris off of a cutting board. “Cloths that are used with raw foods of animal origin shall be kept separate from cloths used for other purposes and in a separate sanitizing solution.” As soon as the sanitizing solution becomes heavily permeated with food particles or no longer contains appropriate levels of sanitizing solution, it must be replaced.

How can I keep flies out of my kitchen? To help control or prevent flies from entering food service establishments take a proactive approach. Keep doors and windows closed. If doors and windows are going to be kept open, provide tight fitting screens. Automatic door and service window closing devices or air curtains can also be used at entryways that are opened and closed frequently. For flying pests that do get into the building, use fly strips and bug lights that are located in areas where they cannot contaminate food and food contact surfaces. If pesticides are used they must be labeled for use in a food establishment and all label instructions must be followed.

A course for food service workers that covers the basic requirements for safe food handling. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 2:00—4:30 pm (English and Spanish)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 2:00—4:30 pm (English)

To register: Cost: Location:

Call 498-6008 $30 per person Larimer County Extension Office 1525 Blue spruce Drive, Fort Collins

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Thumbs UP! To the following full service, fast food, and catering facilities that made food safety a priority! The establishments below received a routine health inspection between July 1, 2015 and September 30, 2015. All received an EXCELLENT rating! At time of their inspection these establishments had no deep critical violations such as improper cooling or reheating, lack of hand washing, cross contamination, they made sure workers did not come to work sick, and practiced proper glove use to cover cuts and burns and to prevent bare hand contact with ready to eat foods. Applebee's, For t Collins Asian Chef & Jasmine Garden, Fort Collins Burger King, S. College Ave, Fort Collins Burger King, S. Shields, For t Collins Caribbean Food Shack, For t Collins Carter Lake Marina, Loveland CB & Potts at Collindale, For t Collins Chick-Fil-A, Loveland Chili's Grill & Bar, For t Collins Chipotle, Fall River Dr , Loveland Culver’s, S. Lemay Ave, For t Collins Dickey's Barbecue, Loveland Domino's Pizza, Estes Park East Moon Asian Bistro, S. Lemay, Fort Collins Fort Collins Country Club Grill Fairfield Inn, Loveland Flavor of the Rockies, Estes Par k Genoa Coffee & Wine, For t Collins Glen Haven General Store, Gel Haven

Rise! A Breakfast Place, For t Collins Romano's Macaroni Grill, For t Collins Ruby Tuesday, For t Collins Sam’s Club, Boardwalk Drive, Fort Collins Schlotzsky's, S. College Ave, Fort Collins Fort Collins La Creperie, For t Collins Serious Texas BBQ, For t Collins La Luz, Boar dwalk Dr ive, For t Collins Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp Spoons Soups & Salads, N. College, Fort Collins Laramie River Guest Ranch, J elm Subway, E. Cr ossr oads Blvd, Loveland Mainline, For t Collins Mama Roni's, Spring Creek, Fort Collins Subway at Walmart, Timnath Subway, E. Harmony Rd, For t Collins Marriott, For t Collins Suehiro, Cor bett Dr ive, For t Collins Moot House, For t Collins Mugs Coffee, S. College Ave, Fort Collins Pizza Hut at Target, Council Tree, Fort Collins Target Concession, Loveland New China Chan, Ber thoud Taste of Philly, Loveland Pizza Hut, Ber thoud Qdoba, E. Crossr oads Blvd, Loveland Welsh Rabbit Bistro, Walnut St, Fort Collins Wendy's, Lemay Ave, For t Collins Qdoba, Council Tr ee, For t Collins Zquila, For t Collins Raven's Roast Coffee, Estes Par k Red Robin, E. Harmony, For t Collins Hampton Inn, Loveland Harmony Café, For t Collins Henry's Pub, Loveland Jimmy John’s, S. Lemay Ave,

Contact us: CSU Larimer County Extension Office 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80524 (970) 498-6008 or www.larimer.org/ext Larimer County Dept. of Health and Environment 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80524 (970) 498-6776 or www.co.larimer.co.us/food

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