Fall Workshops Cover Regulations, Food Safety for Home-based Food Operators

October 15, 2018, 2:16 pm | Shannon M. Coleman, Laura Sternweis
AMES, Iowa -- Iowans with home-based food operations may attend a fall workshop covering regulations and food safety best practices to ensure safe handling of their products from the kitchen to the point of sale. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering workshops Nov. 12 in Ames and Dec. 3 in Peosta.
“The state of Iowa has specific laws and regulations related to food that is prepared at home and sold directly to consumers,” said Shannon Coleman, an extension state specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.
“During the workshops we’ll be reviewing pertinent state laws and regulations, as well as food safety basics, foodborne pathogens, and safe practices in the kitchen, during food preparation and at the point of sale,” Coleman said.
Coleman teaches the workshop along with Leah Gilman, a graduate research assistant in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.
“Home Based Food Operators: Regulations and Food Safety” will be offered twice:

  • Nov. 12, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., ISU Research Park, 1805 Collaboration Place, Room 1200 A/B, Ames
  • Dec. 3, 1-6 p.m., NICC Peosta Campus, 8342 NICC Drive; Peosta

The workshops are open to anyone age 18 or older, but are specifically designed for Iowa residents. Participants may include home bakers, exempted home food operators and farmers market managers. The registration fee is $25, with a maximum of 30 participants per location. Workshop supplies will be provided, but participants should bring their own lunch.
Register online at http://bit.ly/FoodSafety2018. For more information, contact Coleman at scoleman@iastate.edu or 515-294-9011.
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About the Authors: 

Shannon M. Coleman

Food Science and Human Nutrition

Laura Sternweis

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