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What We Do

Our team of inspectors works with local restaurants and retail markets in Mesa County to ensure food safety. We offer education and answer questions for local food establishments. It’s our goal to be a community resource for our partners.

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Partnership for Food Safety
Partnership for Food Safety

The Partnership for Food Safety is a new recognition program for facilities with excellent food safety practices in Mesa County. The program is voluntary and requires a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to food safety.



To participate, each facility must meet the following criteria:

1. At least 90% of the facility’s food handlers must have a Mesa County Food Handler Card. Newly employed food handlers shall obtain a Mesa County Food Handler Card within 60 days of employment. Food handlers may attend the scheduled food handler classes presented monthly at the Mesa County Health Department or obtain a card after taking the online class.

2. A food safety certified manager on-premises during all hours of operation. Certifications include ServSafe, NEHA or the Mesa County Health Department’s online course for managers.

3. A score of at least 70% on the Active Managerial Control (AMC) Self-Assessment. The facility must show documentation of any applicable temperature logs, self-inspection forms, pest control contracts, etc., that are addressed in the assessment.



To begin the enrollment process, please complete the AMC Self-Assessment and submit it to:

Mesa County Health Department

PO Box 2000-5033

Grand Junction, CO 81502


Fax: 970 248-6923


Mesa County Health Department staff will contact applicants within 30 days of receipt of the assessment. An announced inspection will then be scheduled with the operator to verify the assessment, supporting documentation, and food safety education requirements. Once the information is reviewed and approved, an unannounced inspection will then be conducted within 90 days. Satisfactory completion of the unannounced inspection is required for the applicant to receive approval for enrollment.

Upon approval, the facility will receive written documentation of participation in the Partnership for Food Safety program. New partners will be announced at each quarterly Industry and Consumers meeting. A certificate of recognition and window decal will be provided to the new recipients at the following quarterly meeting. Additionally, the name of the facility will be listed on our website as a participant in the program.

* Window decals and certificates are property of the Mesa County Health Department and may be removed if minimum requirements for this program are not maintained.

The following criteria is required in order to continue to be recognized as a Food Safety Partner:

• The facility cannot have a confirmed foodborne illness.

• The facility cannot receive a notice of non-compliance or be in the civil penalty process. Late/unpaid license renewal fees result in a notice of non-compliance.


Click here for Partnership resources.


Special Events with Food
Special Events with Food

Event Coordinators

If coordinating events involving food in Mesa County:

• Submit a Coordinator Plan Review 30 days prior to event with $100 plan review fee. (Non-profit coordinators: please provide official non-profit documentation instead of fee.)

• Provide Vendor Information List at least two weeks prior to event.

• Provide entry and parking passes the week of the event for inspectors.


If you are not sure whether this information applies to your event, please see the Event Coordinator Flow Chart .


All food vendors providing food or beverage at events in Mesa County must be approved by the Mesa County Health Department. Please use the above process to ensure your event will be providing food from approved vendors.


If your event is on property operated by Mesa County Fairgrounds, City of Grand Junction, City of Fruita, Fruita Chamber of Commerce, or the Town of Palisade, please find your approved vendors here.


Food Vendors

• ALL VENDORS must submit ONE completed vendor application to the Mesa County Health Department each year. Please allow two weeks for processing. Once you are approved you will receive a one-page Mesa County Approval letter which you will provide to each event coordinator.

• Review the vendor flow chart to determine appropriate vendor application to complete.

• To find vendor applications, click here.

• Please read our Vendor brochure.


If you intend to be a food vendor at events coordinated by Mesa County Fairgrounds, the City of Grand Junction, City of Fruita, Fruita Chamber of Commerce, or the Town of Palisade, please see additional vendor application details by clicking here.


Click here for a list of approved vendors if you are hosting an event at any Mesa County Fairgrounds, City of Grand Junction, City of Fruita, Fruita Chamber of Commerce or Town of Palisade facilities.


Food Safety Education Program
Food Safety Education Program

Establishments that require and maintain current food safety education for 90% or more of their staff can receive a window cling and a certificate from the Mesa County Health Department. 


Approved food safety education for this recognition program include:

• The Mesa County Health Department food handler class (offered monthly).

• The Mesa County Health Department online class offered through

• ServSafe certification.


If your business qualifies for recognition, complete this application and include a written policy and proof that your staff is trained using approved food safety education.


These facilities have been recognized for their commitment to food safety education:

Bocas - 683 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction

Commons of Hilltop - 625 27 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction

Community Hospital/Le Bistro - 2021 N 12th St, Grand Junction

Dos Hombres Clifton - 3245 I-70 Business Loop, Clifton

Fisher's Market - 625 24/12 Rd, Grand Junction, Grand Junction

Hawg Food Fire Grill - Mesa County

Lois' Place - 241 Grand Avenue, Grand Junction

Munchies Pizza and Deli - 319 W Aspen Ave, Fruita

No Coast Sushi - 1119 N 1st St, Grand Junction

No Coast Sushi II - 229 E Aspen, Fruita

Pablo's Pizza - 319 Main St

Suds Brothers Brewery - 127 E. Aspen, Fruita

St Mary's Medical Center - 2635 N 7th St, Grand Junction

The Egg & I Restaurant - 120 W Park Drive, Grand Junction

The Cashmere Slippers Gourmet & Comfortable Food - 1230 N 12th St, Grand Junction


Grand Junction Office: 510 29 1/2 Road,
Grand Junction, Colorado 81504
*Fruita Office: 249 N. Plum St. Fruita, Colorado 81521
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20,000, Department 5033, Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001

Main Phone Number (970) 248-6900
Emergency Response Line (970) 254-4120
Email -


Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. - Noon

*Fruita location: Limited hours & services, call (970)248-6906 for an appointment.