Retail Food

El Paso County has more than 2,700 licensed establishments or vendors that provide food to the public — including restaurants, caterers, grocery stores, convenience stores, school kitchens, and mobile vehicle vendors.

EPCPH’s Environmental Health Specialists routinely inspect facilities to assure compliance with food safety regulations and educate food handlers, investigate consumer complaints, and assist with foodborne outbreak investigations. Public Health issues licenses to retail food establishments and conducts thorough reviews of plans for new and remodeled facilities.

Retail Food Establishments

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EPCPH licenses and inspects facilities such as, but not limited to, restaurants, mobile food trucks, coffee kiosks, cafeterias, convenience stores/gas stations, drug stores, grocery stores, bars, hotels, assisted and independent living facilities and special events.

Food Safety Information & Resources

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We help protect you from foodborne illness by inspecting retail food establishments, providing education about proper food handling, and food product recalls.

Report a Foodborne Illness

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El Paso County Public Health investigates foodborne illnesses in order to stop and prevent the spread of disease, identify sources of contaminated food, and identify food safety education needs in the community.