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Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.

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ServSafe® is a nationally recognized program developed by the National Restaurant Association, that provides food safety training, exams, and educational materials to food service managers. Food service managers who are not certified by an accredited Food Safety Course should attend. The Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations state that “At least one employee with authority to direct and control food preparation and service shall be a food protection manager who has been certified by an accredited program.” ServSafe® meets this requirement.

Participants must achieve a passing exam score of 75% or higher to receive a certificate, valid for 5 years. Class space is limited, therefore all registrations are taken on a first come first serve basis. Classes are most often held in Grand Junction, Montrose, and Delta throughout the year, however we occasionally will hold classes in Ridgway or Telluride. The course cost is $140 per participant which includes training, study materials, catered lunch, and certification exam. If you are interested in a ServSafe® certification training, please contact our office at 970-249-3935. For upcoming dates and locations please see our classes and programming page (here) or find additional options at .

Food Safety Works

Food Safety Works is a basic food handlers course that is great for begining food service workers that want to learn how to handle food safely. This course is recognized by local health departments and can be done both online (video) or in person. For a current Food Safety Works schedule or to schedule a private group training for your business, contact TRA Extension at 970-249-3935.

Cottage Food Producers:

  • The Colorado Legislature passed the Cottage Foods Act that set food safety standards for small-scale, cottage food enterprises. To be in compliance with this act, individuals must take a food safety course to learn how to safely produce and handle food within the home and at the point of sale. Receive a 3 year certification today! For a list of online classes, look at Eventbrite and search CSU Extension Colorado Cottage Foods or click here.
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Cottage Foods Act. Click here
  • Colorado Farm to Market – Marketing and selling food products in Colorado. Click here 

Cottage Food Producers Resources:

Master Food Safety Advisor

A well rounded, volunteer training program involving food preservation methods and home food safety. Volunteers who complete the course are certified to help assist the FCS Agent in training the community in food safety/preservation techniques and education.


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