Resources on Food Safety for Montanans
Find resources related to food safety for consumers and producers across Montana here. Food borne illness underreported in homes and food production facilities causes sickness or worse. Food safe practices help us prevent the spread of food borne illness, but we don’t always know where to start. Use the links below to dive deeper into what these groups offer to support your food safe questions and practices.
On this web page you will find links available to help:
- File Food safety Complaint
- Obtain and renew license for food
- Locate County Environmental Health (Sanitarian) Offices
- Obtain Certified Food Protection Manager Trainings
- Contact Food and Consumer Safety
- Farmers Market, Cottage Food, Bed and Breakfast Regulations
- Schools, Daycares, and Community Homes Regulations
- Retail Food and Wholesale Food Establishment Regulations
MMEC provides Montana manufacturers with hands-on assistance plus the knowledge and resources needed for growth, innovation, and profit enhancement. Staffed by proven professionals with extensive manufacturing and business experience in a variety of industries, our team can help you achieve positive, measurable, and sustainable growth for your top and bottom line. Their areas of expertise include product development, workforce development, food safety, Lean manufacturing and more.
In the area of Food Safety, we provide support to the growing number of food manufacturers, food processors, brewers, and distillers in our state through food safety classes, assessments, resources and guidance. For more details, see the MMEC Food and Beverage Industry Services webpage.
FADC Centers help Montanans innovate and grow businesses that produce and commercialize food, agricultural and renewable energy products, and processes, creating wealth and jobs in our communities and on our farms and ranches. The centers - located throughout Montana - operate as a statewide network serving community-based businesses. The centers support economic development by ensuring that more of the state's food, agricultural and energy dollars circulate in Montana.
The network provides training, coaching and technical assistance, including:
- Product development, testing and analysis
- Regulatory compliance training
- Food processing
- Business planning and development
- Market research
- Business networking
- Access to financing
- Cooperative development
- Education on industry dynamics and technologies
Farm Link Montana is a website developed and managed by Community Food & Agriculture Coalition to help farmers and ranchers find information in one location to create successful and sustainable farms and ranches in Montana. Programs that link beginning farmers with internships, mentorships, and land. They also offer an online clearinghouse of tools, people, and resources for Montana to help you get to farming.
Resources on the site include:
- Business startup
- Farm site evaluation
- Production planning
- Farm finances
- Legal and risk management including food safety, securing land and other resources.
A sanitarian is an investigator of health and safety within an environment. This may be the workplace, food preparation facilities, industrial producers, or even the general environment. Sanitarians not only enforce health and safety regulation, but they also identify risk factors between people and in specific spaces.
Your county sanitarians can help with the following:
- Observe conduct in facilities to ensure that the spread of disease is minimized.
- Educate individuals and the public on proper methods to reduce contamination.
- Develop general protocols for industrial and public hygiene.
- Enforce current regulations for health in community practices.
- Monitor the handling and disposal of wastes within businesses, hospitals, and the public sector.
Montana State University Extension is your home for research-based resources in agriculture, horticulture, community, youth, and family.
Your county Extension Agent that specializes in Family Consumer Science is a great resource for food safety.
- Food Manager Certification, some Agents offer ServSafe certification or other State supporting food safety training. These classes or exams will give a better understanding of how to handle food to serve it safely. See classes below. Contact your local MSU Extension agent for more information and/or if you do not see a class listed.
- Many county agents are also Master Food Preservers and can offer research-based information on food preservation and canner pressure gauge testing.
- Some counties offer food preparation classes that feature food safe tips and strategies.
- Call with any food safety question!
Clear Brew technologies offers a wide variety of services for farmers, brewers, and producers alike. Help and resources they provide include:
- HACCP consultation and writing
- Allergen testing
- Nutritional labeling
- Shelf stability testing
- Food safety plan writing or review
- ABV% or microbial testing
- Product testing
Developing healthy and eco-friendly food products that honor Indigenous and local communities and their foods through creative partnerships and innovations. Key project areas include:
- Indigenizing food science for food sovereignty
- Globalizing Montana specialty crops
- Strengthening MSU farm to campus initiative
The small business development center is ready to help small business at every step of the business model. From start-up to business growth.
They can help small businesses achieve their goals of growth, innovation, and success in these areas of expertise.
- Financial analysis
- Business planning
- Strategic planning
- Loan packaging
- Financial projections
- Market research
Please contact us with additional resource suggestions, questions, or updates.
Food Safety Training Opportunities
You can help prevent foodborne illness in your home, business and community.
MSU Extension, in cooperation with other certified instructors and agencies, is pleased to offer in-person food safety trainings and resources in accordance with state of Montana guidance. Additionally, see information below regarding three Montana approved online food safety trainings.
State Food Safety
Online certification training with online proctored exam costs $124.00
8 hours of mobile-friendly online training, a free practice test and an online proctored exam.
Cost is $99.00
Take an 8-hour online training course that reviews the food safety principles you need to know to pass the exam, as well as prevent foodborne illnesses. The Food Protection Manager Certification Exam is proctored online using the webcam on the computer. The exam will be proctored by one of our online proctors. Our online proctoring is available Monday – Friday between 7am to 10pm (CST). To access your exam, simply launch the course in the 360training LMS and follow the steps provided. Detailed instructions for the online exam.
Offers online Manager Certification Training; not offering online proctoring for online exams at this time.
Cost for online training and online exam voucher $152.92
Must complete the online course within 90 days of launching it.
No time limit between completing the class and taking the certification exam (The online exam voucher does not expire.)
Professionals take the online training, then they need to find their own proctor to oversee the online exam.
Options for finding a proctor to administer the online exam:
- Contact your local county Extension Agent
- Contact your local county Health Department, Registered Sanitarian
- Use the Find a Proctor tool on the Montana Department of Health and Human Services website (please note, this list may not include all proctors).
- Use the zip code search tool to find a proctor near you on the ServSafe website.
National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
Visit the Exam Center for all information and links
Offers online Manager Certification Training and online proctored exam
Food Manager Certification training –easy, flexible training options, including self-study and online coursesFood Safety Manager Certification Training Information
Certification is good for 3 years
Offers 2 self-study courses (via printed study guides) to prepare for the exam –
Each study guide costs <$30.00; online proctored exam costs $34.00= total cost $64.00
SURE Food Safety Manager Online Course w/ Exam Option online training costs $135.00 plus cost of the manual $26.95 = total $161.95
Paster Training Inc.
Many in-person trainings have been canceled or postponed due to the current public health COVID-19 situation. See online training and exam options above or contact your local Extension or Sanitarian to see if they are able to proctor in-person Servsafe exams at this time. Please note, while the Serv Safe certification course has typically been the most common choice in Montana, any of the above online Manager certification options are approved for use in Montana.
Check out listing for upcoming classes through MSU Extension or partner agencies in your area. Contact your local Sanitarian in your county Environmental Health office to determine if there are other course options not listed.
Oct 20 (registration opens Oct 1 for this course)
8-hour Servsafe Food Manager Certification Course
MSU Extension, Stillwater County
P.O. Box 807
Columbus, MT 59019
Tel: (406) 322-8035
8:30 am - 5 pm.
8-hour Servsafe Food Manager Certification Course (course is one day only, offered monthly through the year)
MSU Extension, Cascade County
3300 3rd St. NE #9 Great Falls
Fee $125 food will not be provided (you will have an hour for lunch on your own)
8-hour Servsafe Manager or 4-hour Food handler
Musselshell-Golden Valley County
Contact Jennifer (Fosjord) Solf
204 8th Avenue East
Roundup, MT 59072
Office: (406) 323-2704
Cell: (406) 366-6475
8-hour Servsafe Manager
8-hr Servsafe Food Manager
ServSafe is a nationally recognized food safety training program for the food service industry personnel. Created and managed by the National Restaurant Association, it combines critical information, exclusive tools, and real-world resources to transform knowledge into action. ServSafe has evolved to meet the most urgent food safety training challenges in the food service industry and offers the highest standard of food safety training and certification.
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Brianna Routh, PhD, MPH, RDNAssistant Professor and Food & Family Extension Specialist
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Tel: (406) 994-5696
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