14 Aug 2019 - 01: pm to 6 Nov 2019 - 04: pm


Are You Interested?Accepting Only 6 Companies Per Course

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Catherine is a Food Processing Specialist with TechHelp and Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho School of Food Science. She has expertise in food manufacturing, process engineering, product optimization, food safety, and sensory and consumer science. She has worked in both the retail sector and the foodservice sector, so she can help you meet the needs of your customer(s).

“This is a REALLY exciting opportunity for small food companies to receive the instruction, templates, and coaching needed to complete a FSMA compliant food safety plan – For FREE!” Catherine Cantley, Food Processing Specialist with TechHelp and Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho School of Food Science will lead the IFSC Program.

Funded by a grant for a limited time,  the Idaho Food Safety Cooperative (IFSC) Program is a GIFT to small food manufacturers that is worth nearly $4,000. The program includes:

  1. Free Food Safety Gap Assessment of your operation – $400
  2. Free training and templates needed to create your FSMA Compliant Food Safety Plan – $2400
  3. Six complimentary hours of 1-1 consulting to help create of your FS plan – $1000

As of September 2018, ALL food processors, including small ones (>500 employees), are REQUIRED to have a food safety plan that includes an analysis of hazards and risk-based preventive controls to minimize or prevent identified hazards.  Having a proper food safety plan is also needed if you plan to grow into national, regional, or local markets such as Walmart, Costco, Albertsons, Whole Foods or the Boise Co-op.

If you are ready to create your plan, WE CAN HELP. We are looking for small food processing companies to participate in the first cohort of our 6-part Idaho Food Safety Cooperative (IFSC) that begins August 14 at Boise State. This course will give you the knowledge, templates, training, and coaching needed to create a Food Safety Plan that puts you in compliance with new regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The $2,400 cost of this program WILL BE REFUNDED if you COMPLETE the program and your food safety plan.  We will offer you 6 hours of 1-1 consulting to help you complete your plan!


  • Small food processing companies with fewer than 500 employees and less than $1 Million in Gross Revenue.
  • Each company team of up to 3 people must include at least one person with PCQI training. 
  • Each company must complete a FREE TechHelp Food Safety Gap Assessment before class. (We can help with this) **
  • Companies are welcome to enroll up to 3 people in the course.  At least ONE person must attend each session.

** Contact Catherine Cantley to find out how you can complete PCQI training & a Gap Assessment prior to the program.


The course begins on August 14 and will meet from 1-5 PM during 6 sessions at Boise State.  Between sessions, you will apply class learning at work as you build the segments of your food safety plan.

Course Schedule:

  • Workshop 1: Food Safety Program Management
  • Workshop 2: Food Safety Program Basics
  • Workshop 3: Assessing Food Safety Risk
  • Workshop 4: Building Your Food Safety Plan- Part 1
  • Workshop 5: Building Your Food Safety Plan- Part 2
  • Workshop 6: Building a Recall Plan

Let Us Know of Your InterestProgram is a Gift to Small Food Processors


  • Move through the program in parallel with a cohort of 4-5 other companies.
  • Develop your company’s food safety plan collaboratively during 6-afternoon sessions.
  • Between classes, you will have access to 1-1 Expert Coaching as you work on your plan at your facility.
  • Learn about FSMA and the components of a food safety plan.
  • Participate in simulation activities to practice documentation, auditing, and writing policies & procedures.  

You will come away from the course with a comprehensive food safety plan that will include all the FDA-Required sections, as per the FSMA rule.


  • Food Safety Policy Template
  • Food Safety Team Charter Template
  • Documentation and Record Templates
  • Training Record and Skills Register Templates
  • Internal Audit Schedule, populated with cGMPs
  • Internal Audit Record Template
  • Corrective Action Record and Root Cause Analysis Templates
  • Allergen Program Template
  • Raw Material Risk Assessment Template
  • Packaging Risk Assessment Template
  • Supplier Risk Assessment Template
  • Label Record
  • Process Flow
  • FSMA Compliant Food Safety Plan Template Populated
  • Preventive Control Plan templates Populate with Example Data
  • Verification Schedule Template
  • Validation Template
  • Recall Plan Template
If you have any questions about the program or this form or need additional information, please contact Catherine Cantley at 208-426-2181 or catherinecantley@techhelp.org.