Summer 2020 Newsletter

Pre-Registration Still Open: Internal Food Safety Auditor Workshop

SUMMER 2020 NEWSLETTER

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                                                                                             July 9, 2020

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Greetings from Boise and Food Safety Northwest.   Hope all of you enjoyed the July 4 holiday!

With COVID-19 infection rates still surging in the Northwest, we have redesigned several of our workshops so they can be delivered online with a high level of interactivity. 

We are pleased to offer our popular Internal Food Safety Auditor workshop and the new Practical Food Defense course through live instructor online delivery to your facility!  These courses are highly interactive and meet GFSI audit scheme and FDA requirements.  A new feature of our registration process offers you the ability to initially register on a course waiting list at no cost! More details are provided in this newsletter.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on industry, and especially for food entrepreneurs and small food processing businesses. We recognize this challenge, and offer a no-cost Food Safety Clinic for this industry segment. In this issue of the FSNW newsletter, we are featuring the Kula Connection, one of our clinic's participants who specialize in making plant protein based food products. 

Thank you for what you do to feed us and to "keep it safe!"

Best wishes,

Jeff Kronenberg

NEWSLETTER TABLE OF CONTENTS


1. KULA CONNECTION LLC
 
2. FOOD SAFETY CLINIC

3. WORKSHOPS


 
THE KULA CONNECTION LLC


THE KULA CONNECTION  LLC
 
Food Safety Northwest is pleased to have worked with Kula Connection as a participant in our food safety clinic.The Kula Connection is a plant-based food product company in Garden City started by Michelle Russell aka...Chef Shel Leigh! Kula created the Treasure Valley's first fermented cashew cheese.

In order to gain approval by the Central District Health Department to wholesale her products, Michelle became a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual by taking the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Foods course from Food Safety Northwest.  We also worked with her to complete a HACCP/Food Safety Plan for the cashew cheese food product.

Michelle is a very energetic food entrepreneur and she is currently bringing another unique plant-based protein product to market!



For more information on the Kula Connection and their food products, see Kula's website at:
https://thekulaconnection.com/          

Pro Bono Food Safety Clinic

No Cost Technical Assistance Available to Small Food Processors and Non-Profits

 
  1. FSNW is providing free on-line consultation to small food processing businesses that need technical assistance with food safety and related areas.
  2. Please contact us at info@fsnwllc.com or (208) 426-0228 for more information and an application for assistance!

WORKSHOP PROGRAMS

  • Due to CDC Guidelines and the COVID-19 pandemic, FSNW has temporarily discontinued in-person workshops.
  • FSNW has redesigned our workshops for on-line delivery through Zoom Meetings.
  • Our online courses feature live instructors and interactive learning through group exercises and TurningPoint polling.
  • We will honor all "Early Bird" registrations for those that already registered on early bird waiting lists for cancelled courses.
  • All FSNW workshops can be viewed at: https://fsnwllc.com/food-safety-training-center/
INTERNAL FOOD SAFETY AUDITOR WORKSHOP
July 28 & 30, 2020 
12:45 pm to 5:00 pm Each Day- 8.5 hours Total

AGENDA 

Day One  12:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Introduction
● Overview and Purpose of Auditing
● Food Safety and HACCP  audits

Food Safety Standards
● NACMCF HACCP Standard
● Codex HACCP Standard
● GFSI Guidelines
● BRC, SQF, PrimusGFS Audit Schemes

SQF, BRC, PrimusGFS Audit Requirements
● Audit process overview
●  Internal auditor requirements

Day Two 12:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Audit Professional Conduct

 Audit Preparation
● Team selection
● Training
● Scheduling

 Audit Performance
● Conducting the Audit
● Findings

Audit Reporting

Documentation

Audit Closure and Corrective Action

Audit Program Management
● Follow-up to audits
● Reviewing audit process

General Knowledge and Skills for Audits
● Audit basics, skills, tools, and processes

Team Exercises

PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK:
"Valuable information for anyone involved in an audit."  Daniel Robinson, J.R. Simplot Company; Pasco, WA

 

Register- Internal Food Safety Auditor Workshop
PRACTICAL FOOD DEFENSE WORKSHOP
August 11, 13, 18 & 20, 2020 
12:45 pm to 5:00 pm Each Day- 17 hours Total
AGENDA 
 
Days 1 & 2- 8.5 hours      Awareness, Principles, and Regulations      12:45 pm to 5:00 pm, Each Day  
  • Welcome, Introductions, Agenda Review, Expectations
  • Part 1: Overview of Food Defense (Awareness Training)
  • Part 2: Principles of Food Defense
  • Part 3: Conducting Vulnerability Assessments [Exercises 1-3: KAT Mapping] 
  • Part 4: Identifying and Explaining Mitigation Strategies [Exercise 4: Limiting Degree of Access] [Exercise 5: Reducing                Likelihood of Contamination]         [Exercise 6: Considering Existing Practices]
  • Part 4: Mitigation Strategies- Exercises (continued)
  • Part 5: The FDA IA Rule
  • Part 6: Food Defense Plans
  • Part 7: Implementing the Food Defense Plan; Re-Analysis of the Food Defense Plan
  • Wrap Up and Adjourn

Days 3 & 4- 8.5 hours      Building Food Defense Plans- Group Work Sessions      12:45 pm to 5:00 pm , Each Day
  • Review Session: Day 1 Materials- Principles, IA Regulation, Vulnerability Assessments, Mitigation Strategies, MS Management, Reanalysis 
  • Group Work Sessions:   Food Defense Plans
  • Vulnerability Assessment- Team Presentations
  • Mitigation Strategy – Team Presentations
  • Management of Mitigation Strategies- Team Presentations
  • Wrap Up, Critique, & Adjourn
Register- Practical Food Defense Workshop
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