• Cottage Food Training and Certification

  • Tue, 08/18/2020 at 12:00 pm
  • Local Food - Colorado State University Extension - El Paso County
    17 N Spruce St
    80905 Colorado Springs
Cottage Food Training and Certification - Local Food - Colorado State University Extension - El Paso County - Colorado Springs

Start your own home business with the Cottage Foods Food Safety Certification by registering for this class at https://elpaso.extension.colostate.edu/classes-and-workshops/This training provides a 3-year certification and meets the food safety training requirement for the Colorado Cottage Foods Act established and supported by the Colorado State Dept. of Health & Environment.Participants learn food safety guidelines and the specifics for operating a small home-based cottage food business from a home kitchen. Learn about the most current Colorado Cottage Food Act.The main sections of the training cover food safety guidelines for preparing foods in a home kitchen which is different from a food service site that would be inspected by the County and/or State Health Depts. We cover the basics of proper hygiene; preventing cross-contamination and cross-contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transporting products, and sales. The allowable food products are highlighted with CSU Extension fact sheets provided for each food product allowed. Then instructors go into product ingredient labeling, packaging requirements, marketing, preparation at altitude, and for going further with your business.All of the participants that pass the test receive a CSU Extension Cottage Food Safety certificate to post for customers to see. They are also added to a CSU Extension Cottage Food Producers listserve that now has over 3000 names on it as of 2019. Participants receive updates via emails and the answers to questions that are asked get shared with all list serve producers.Pre-registration required. Registration closes on August 18, 2020, at 10:00 am. No refunds are available.