Online Training Addresses Iowa Regulations, Licensing, Food Safety for Home Based Food Operators

Online sessions are now available using Moodle

January 31, 2020, 11:11 am | Shannon M. Coleman

baked goods for saleAMES, Iowa – Food Safety and Iowa Regulation and Preparation Training modules are now available online 24/7 from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The modules, which use the learning management system Moodle, address Iowa regulations and licensing, as well as food safety procedures from preparation to the point of sale. They are intended for exempt home food operations and home bakers who make and sell foods out of their homes or sell produce at farmers markets. The courses cover specifically Iowa policies and regulations, food safety basics, foodborne pathogens, perishable and non-perishable foods, and safe production and preparation practices.

“Iowa has unique laws that do allow for some foods to be sold out of the home or at a farmers market,” said Shannon Coleman, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and a human sciences extension specialist at Iowa State. “These modules have been tailored specifically to Iowa’s laws and regulations and also include food safety information that can be used in production and at the point of sale.”

Interested food operators may register online at

The training cost is $35. Interested operators also may contact Coleman at or 515-294-9011 to register or for more information.


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