Retail Food Safety

ServSafe® Manager Certification

for Retail Food Establishments or Cottage Foods Producers

The ServSafe® program provides food safety training, exams and educational materials to foodservice managers.The program blends the latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and years of food sanitation training experience. Managers learn to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. All content and materials are based on actual job tasks identified by foodservice industry experts.

Food Safety Works

Developed by Colorado State University Extension in collaboration with Larimer County Health Department, Food Safety Works is a safe food handler certificate training that teaches entry-level food workers how to safely handle, prepare, and store food. Taught as a 2-3 hour class with hands-on activities and exam, participants with a passing score of 75% or higher receive a safe food handler certificate valid for 3 years. Since 2005, the program has been delivered to over 7,000 Colorado food handlers and used in 20 states. Food Safety Works is adaptable for training food handlers in diverse settings: retail establishments, hospitals, schools, food banks, farmers' markets, cottage foods producers and volunteer organizations including churches and fair concessions.

For class information, contact your CSU Extension county office.

Campus Contacts:

  • Mary Schroeder, M.S., R.D., Extension Specialist-food safety
    Dept. Food Science & Human Nutrition; Colorado State University; Fort Collins, CO 80523-1571
    (970) 491-7335. Email: mary.schroeder@colostate.edu.

  • Marisa Bunning, PhD., Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist-food safety
    Dept. Food Science & Human Nutrition; Colorado State University; Fort Collins, CO 80523-1571
    (970) 491-7180. Email:  marisa.bunning@colostate.edu.