Food Safety Course for Food Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who want to produce certain foods in their kitchens can receive food safety training and become certified under Delaware law at an upcoming workshop.

The six-hour “Food Safety for Entrepreneurs” program presented by Dr. Sue Snider of the University of Delaware will take place on June 20 and 22, 2017 from 6-9 pm at the Kent County Extension office, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover. You must attend both sessions for certification. The cost for the course is $50.00

The “Food Safety for Entrepreneurs” program is one of the recommended trainings in the Division of Public Health Office of Food Protection Cottage Food Establishment Producer program.  The Cottage Food program is meant to regulate the preparation of a limited type of food products made in residential kitchens.

Participants will learn how to identify potentially hazardous and non-potentially hazardous foods; understand foodborne pathogens and ways to control them; reduce the risk of foodborne illness; evaluate their plan for controlling potential microbial problems; and understand state regulations for non-potentially hazardous food items produced in the home for sale to the public.  Participants must complete the training and pass a written test to be licensed.

Non-potentially hazardous items include such things as baked breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, candy, jellies, jams, preserves, marmalades, fruit butters, fruit pies, herbs in vinegar, honey and herb mixtures, dried fruit and vegetables, spices or herbs, maple syrup, sorghum, popcorn, caramel corn, peanut brittle and roasted nuts.

The training, certification and inspections of kitchens are required under Delaware regulations and apply to those who wish to process non-potentially hazardous foods in their home kitchens for sale to the public.

Register by June 15th by contacting Jan Unflat at jmunflat@udel.edu or 730-4000.

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