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Jim Austin

Jim is a food safety consultant in private practice, based in Denver, Colorado. He is a former Colorado local health department manager who was responsible for the food inspection program. He can be reached at www.coloradorestaurantconsulting.com/.

Test Strips and Sanitizers: A Complete Buying Guide

Are Test Strips Required, and Why? Commercial sanitizers and test strips are required by health department regulations, and in Colorado those are the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations.  Why do you need them?  Because test strips tell you if the chemical sanitizing solution is the required concentration.  Section …

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When, Where, And What To Expect From A Health Inspection

I sometimes hear employees say that health inspections occur only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on weekdays. Well…that is when they usually DO occur, but they CAN occur just about anytime. When Inspections Occur The Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations state, “Agents of the Department, after proper …

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A Review of My Favorite Pocket Thermometer

Above is an image of my favorite thermometer for everyday food service use, the COMARK PDT-300. Here is why: It is NSF approved and meets the Colorado requirement for a thin probe thermometer to measure the temperatures of thin foods such as patties, fillets, etc. It reads quickly, in just …

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