Food safety courses coming up
Garfield County will be hosting three final cottage food safety trainings just in time for 2017 summer farmers markets. The first class will be in Silt on Monday, June 5. The second class will be in Rifle on Wednesday, June 7. The final class for the summer will be in Carbondale on Monday, June 12.
This is an intense three- to four-hour food safety training that provides a three-year certification and meets the food safety training requirement for Colorado Cottage Foods Act established and supported by the Colorado State Department of Health & Environment.
Participants learn food safety guidelines and the specifics for operating a small, home-based cottage food business from a home kitchen.
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 departments. Topics cover include: basics of proper hygiene; preventing cross-contamination and cross-contact of food allergens; and temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transporting produce 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 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 Garfield Cottage Food Producers listserve. Participants receive updates via emails and the answers to questions that are asked get shared with all list serve producers.
You can register for the class by calling 970-625-3969 or by going to http://Garfield.extension.colostate.edu/programs/food-safety/ and click the link next to the day for which you wish to register. The registration fee is $25. Contact Carla Farrand, family and consumer science agent, at 970-625-3969 if you have questions.
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Chef Hunter Hale went into business with his parents to bring an American bistro to Carbondale.