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Food Safety

School Food Authorities (SFAs)/sponsors must comply with food safety requirements in accordance with Federal, State, and local health and food safety codes. For specific food safety questions, please reach out to your local public health agency. Find more specific information regarding food safety below.

Training Requirements

New directors (hired on or after July 1, 2015) are required to have at least 8 hours of food safety training either not more than 5 years prior to their starting date or completed within 30 calendar days of the employee’s start date.

The training below is recommended to meet this requirement:

  • Food Safety in Schools: This 8-hour online training provides school nutrition employees with up-to-date information on food safety. This training will meet the food safety training requirement for new directors.

Certified Food Protection Manager 

Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations citation 2-102.12 & 2-102.20: 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. For more information, contact your local public health agency.

Food Safety Plan

SFA must develop a written food safety program that covers any facility or part of a facility where food is stored, prepared, or served. The food safety plan is based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles.

Food Safety Inspections

The USDA requires that schools participating in NSLP and SBP obtain two food safety inspections per year, post the most recent inspection report in a visible location, and provide a copy of the report to members of the public upon request. Sponsors participating in SFSP must receive a minimum of one food safety inspection at each site during operation. Sites that participate in NSLP, SBP and/or CACFP and regularly receive health inspections do not require an additional health inspection for SFSP.

Food safety inspection reporting EDAC stamp school year 2022-23

Resources and Required Documentation 


Child and Adult Care Food Program Quick Bites Training Videos (available in Spanish)

  • These videos are also available in CO Train for those would like a certificate for each course. 


Food Recalls

Reducing Food Waste

SFAs and sponsors have an important role in reducing food waste and educating the next generation about the importance of food conservation.

Share Tables

Stations where children may return whole food or beverage items they choose not to eat and these items are available to other children who may want additional servings. 

Food Donation



For more information or if an alternative version of a document is needed, please contact Alicia Grove