Cafeteria Safety | Education | Colorado Springs Gazette
A guide to health inspection reports at El Paso County schools
Search or sort through the interactive chart below to see how El Paso County K-12 school cafeterias faired during the last two years of health inspections.
About the data
This database is an analysis of health inspection records provided to The Gazette from El Paso County Public Health through an open records request and is the basis of our report on school health violations. The violations counted and listed in this database are only those that are listed as "critical" by the health department -- those that could potentially cause a foodborne illness. These records contain data from July 2012 through July 2014. Since health inspections are ongoing, some schools may have received additional violations since then. To see detailed reports, search for schools in the health department's online database.
The health department's "Excellence in Food Safety" designation is awarded to establishments that did not have any critical violations in the course of two regular annual inspections. Some schools received the award in 2013 but had critical violations in 2014.
Most charter and private schools contract with the local school districts to provide food service. Check with these individual schools to see who provides these services.
Most dangerous violations
Some health violations are considered worse than others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists these five health code violations as the top causes of foodborne illness:
- Improper hot or cold holding temperature for food
- Improper cooking temperatures of food
- Dirty and/or contaminated utensils and equipment
- Poor employee health and hygiene
- Food from an unsafe source