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Larimer County Extension, Food Safety WorksFood Safety for Retail Food Service

Food Safety Works

A training for food service workers that covers the basic requirements for safe food handling and provides a 2-year certification.

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Food Protection Manager Certification

Colorado’s adoption of the 2013 FDA Food Code requires retail food establishments to employ at least one Certified Food Protection Manager. To become certified, one must pass an ANSI-CFP accredited exam, which demonstrates the abilities to manage food handlers to ensure that food safety procedures are implemented and those practices are followed. The certification meets the new regulatory requirement under Colorado’s adoption of the 2013 FDA Food Code.

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Cottage Food Safety Trainings

Cooking at home, Cottage Food Safety Training Class, Larimer County Extension

These trainings cover specifics of the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen. You will learn:

  • Basic food safety – including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transport and sales
  • Foods permissible in updated Colorado’s Cottage Food Act, including pickled fruits and vegetables
  • Ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements
  • Special considerations for food preparation at altitude
  • Safe food sampling best practices

Receive a 3-year food safety certificate upon completions of course and exam. If you have received a cottage food safety certificate from Colorado State University in the past and are seeking to recertify, contact Sheila Gains at for a recertification code for a reduced fee of $25.00.

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¡Haga que su producto alimenticio llegue al Mercado!

Esta capacitación cubre aspectos específicos de la Ley de Alimentos de Colorado Cottage y como operar con seguridad un negocio de alimentos desde una cocina en casa. Aprende más

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Food Preservation & Preparation Workshops

We offer canning, freezing, dehydrating, fermenting and cheese making classes among other food workshops. Learn the art and science of food preservation and preparation using current research-based techniques. Learn more & register for classes.

Master Food Safety Advisor Volunteer Program

Master Food Safety Advisors are trained volunteer educators and resources in the community to provide the public with research-based information.  Our Master Food Safety Advisor volunteers are available to help you with your food safety and food preservation questions. – Learn more.

Temporary Office Closure

Our office is closed Monday, February 21st, 2022.