GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- September is food safety month, and Mesa County Public Health is using this month to tell people how important food safety is.
They're inspecting restaurants around the county, looking for employees washing their hands, temperatures for food are correct and that foods aren't cross-contaminated.
Mesa County has a few restaurants recognized as partners for food safety. It means these restaurants go above and beyond to make sure their food is safe, with written procedures and food safety managers. 90 percent of their food handlers have to be trained in a food safety program.
"When food is not handled properly in a facility people can become sick, and I think that's something that a lot of people forget what a serious situation can arise if food isn't held or handled safely,” said Heather Nara, health inspector for Mesa County.
Follow the links on the side of the article to see what your favorite restaurants have scored on their inspections and to see the restaurants listed as partners with Mesa County.