Food Safety for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who want to produce food products for sale are required to attend training. Training for individuals would fall into 2 categories.

On Farm Training for Entrepreneurs – Individuals who live on a farm can produce products for sale after attending an 8 hour training course. The training covers basic food safety principles, regulation of food, labeling requirements and liability issues and culminates in an exam. This class meets the Delaware Department of Agriculture requirements to obtain an on-farm permit.

Cottage Industry Training for Entrepreneurs – Non-farm individuals can sell certain products they produce in their own home. This 6 hour training that culminates in an exam meets food safety training requirements by the State of Delaware for those who want to take advantage of the opportunity to prepare non-hazardous foods in their own home for sale. Examples of these foods are baked goods, jams, jellies and preserves, honey and candy. The training covers basic food safety principles, regulation of food, labeling requirements and liability issues.

To find a program near you contact Kathleen Splane, Extension Educator at ksplane@udel.edu or 730-4000