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Food Safety

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has limited authority over food safety regulation but considers agricultural producers and food safety regulators to be valuable partners in providing the safe, abundant, food supply we expect. The following is a compilation of resources for your food safety needs and questions:

Food Safety By Types of Foods

Some foods are more frequently associated with food poisoning or foodborne illness. Learn how to properly prepare and store your food.


Check Your Steps

Following four simple steps – Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill – can help protect your family from food poisoning at home.


Charts: Food Safety at a Glance

How long can you store leftovers in the refrigerator? How can you tell when chicken breasts are done? How long does it take to cook a turkey? Check out these charts for fast answers.


What Government Does

The food industry is responsible for producing safe food. Government agencies are responsible for setting food safety standards, conducting inspections, ensuring that standards are met, and maintaining a strong enforcement program to deal with those who do not comply with standards.

State Resources

Federal Resources