Food Safety First! Product Development Course for Small Food Businesses

Location: City Market Co-op, 207 Flynn Ave, Burlington, VT 05401

Date and Time: November 6th, 9am to 5pm, November 7th, 9am to 1pm

Course Description:

Are you an entrepreneur struggling with the food safety principles behind your product? How about a small food business developing new and exciting products? Do you have questions about food safety regulation and what you have to do? If so, this is the course for you! “Food Safety First” is a 1.5 day program covering the basics of food product development, food safety hazards, and an overview of key regulatory requirements for small and emerging food businesses, such as entrepreneurs and local food processors. This course is designed specifically to meet the needs of small and emerging food businesses, to increase their knowledge in food safety to enable entrepreneurial success in the marketplace.

Please note: This is a pilot course for a training that will be offered in the future; as a result, we will be looking for active participation and feedback via a course evaluation.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Food Safety Hazards: Understanding food safety hazards, and identifying potential sources. 

Module 2: Product Development Life Cycle: Product development considerations from concept to commercialization.

Module 3: Controlling Food Quality and Safety: Measurable approaches to monitoring properties of your food product.

Module 4: Food Safety Management: Introduction to regulatory bodies and the FDA Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule.

Module 5: Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls: Conducting a hazard analysis for your food product, and identifying where to implement process controls.

Module 6: Product Labeling: Guidance for basic nutritional labeling and claims. 


Content will be taught by food safety experts from the Universities of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Registration Fee: Thanks to funding through USDA-NIFA, this course is being offered free of cost. Participants will also receive a $50 stipend upon completion of course and Lunch will be provided on November 6th. 

Registration Deadline: November 4th

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Von Achen at