Food Safety Flyer

Regulators, retailers, and industrial customers require food and dairy processors to adhere to stringent rules or global food safety standards that protect consumers. TechHelp offers a full suite of services and courses that help processors learn about, get certified in, and implement modern food safety standards that improve products, processes, and competitiveness.

TechHelp’s Idaho-based Food Processing Team includes university faculty, agricultural extension resources, and internationally recognized contracted partners. Together we bring a broad range of services to the food industry through site visits, needs assessments, on-site project work, on-site training, and public courses.

Why Do Companies Work with TechHelp?

We Are Experienced – With years of practical industry experience,

our Food Safety Practitioners combine advanced degrees and a host of accreditations* with access to university-based resources.

We Are Trusted Advisors Who Listen – We build respectful relationships with our clients and implement solutions that are right for you.

We Drive Self-Sufficiency – Our goal is to help your team become self-sufficient.

We Connect – Our local specialists maintain relationships with public and private resources that can be brought in if needed for expertise or capacity.

We Are Local –  We are your friends and neighbors working to make your company and our communities more successful today and tomorrow.

* Registered with or accredited by the International HACCP Alliance, Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, and Seafood HACCP Alliance.

Our Process:

  1. Our work begins with a visit to learn about and assess your operations.
  2. We follow up with recommendations for high-value improvements.
  3. We develop a scope of work that includes a timeline, budget, and deliverables customized to your unique needs.
  4. We meet regularly with your leadership team to advance the project and make adjustments as needed.
  5. As your local trusted advisors, we are available for ongoing assistance, coaching, and improvement support.

Our Results Include:

  • Excellent audit scores
  • Increased sales
  • Improved quality and product safety
  • Employee retention
  • Revenue growth
  • Regulatory compliance – FSMA Rules

For Information Contact:

Jennifer Buel at 208-426-3767 or jenniferbuel@techhelp.org
TechHelp Main Office at 208-426-3767 or admin@techhelp.org

Click here to request a complimentary visit or assessment.   

Our Services & Workshops:

We work with you to identify improvement opportunities and work with your team to implement solutions within your organization.  Our public and private workshops are designed to teach you how to lead improvements that drive positive Return On Investment (ROI).

Food Safety Modernization Act Training, Information & Implementation

The FDA published new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations in September of 2015 that require completion of specialized training for processors of human food and animal feed/pet food. TechHelp and our regional partners are offering training sessions and technical assistance in support of FSMA. Read all about it and save your place in line for training and services here. 

Training and Technical Assistance

Listed below are the Training and Technical Assistance services offered by TechHelp.

  • Assessment of Client Readiness for Food Safety and HACCP Audits
  • Client Preparation for Third Party Food Safety and HACCP Audits (e.g. AIB, NFPA Safe-Audit, and NSF-Cook & Thurber)
  • Client Preparation for Customer Food Safety and HACCP Audits (e.g. Campbell, HEB, Sysco, Costco, Burger-King, and Darden)
  • Write Prerequisite Food Safety Programs
  • Develop HACCP Plans and Implementation
  • Pest Control and Sanitation Program Set Up
  • Microbiological Monitoring Programs
  • Required Quality Assurance Programs
  • Form Development (Quality Control, Food Safety, and HACCP)
  • Client Support during and after Audit

Contact Jennifer Buel at 208-426-3767 or jenniferbuel@techhelp.org for more information or click here to request a complimentary visit or assessment.   

Food Safety Prerequisite Programs
 

Listed below are the Food Safety Prerequisite Programs offered by TechHelp.

  • Assessment of Facility Needs for Food Safety Program Implementation
  • Preparation for Third Party Inspections
  • Hands-on Assistance with Prerequisite Programs (e.g. GMP’s, Sanitation, Pest Control, Chemical Control, Preventive Maintenance, Glass and Brittle Plastics Control, Recall, Calibration and Allergen Control)
  • Written Policies, Guidelines, and Standard Operating Practices
  • Monitoring Forms for Program  Documentation (e.g. The Sanitation Master Cleaning Schedule)
  • Food Defense Program
  • Pest Control and Sanitation Program Set Up
  • Preventive Maintenance Programs
  • Training of Employees and Management
  • Food Safety Self-Inspection Programs
  • Microbiological Monitoring Program for Product, Equipment, and Environment

Contact Jennifer Buel at 208-426-3767 or jenniferbuel@techhelp.org for more information or click here to request a complimentary visit or assessment.   

HACCP Systems
  • Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) Plan and Manual Development
  • Operator and Supervisor CCP Training
  • Form Development for Prerequisite Management,
  • Monitoring, Deviations and Corrective Action, Calibration, and Verification
  • HACCP Team Facilitation
  • Assistance in Customer Requirements
  • Written Procedures
  • System Validation and Micro Testing Scientific Hazard and Control
  • Data Support
  • HACCP Audits

Contact Jennifer Buel at 208-426-3767 or jenniferbuel@techhelp.org for more information or click here to request a complimentary visit or assessment.   

HACCP Training

Our Services

  • Practical HACCP Workshop:
    • Food Safety and HACCP Overview
    • Prerequisite Programs
    • Biological, Chemical and Physical Hazards
    • Preliminary Tasks and HACCP Principles
    • Building the HACCP Plan
    • Developing People Systems
    • Implementing HACCP
    • Seafood HACCP Regulatory Requirements
    • USDA Requirements
  • Advanced HACCP Workshop
    • The Science of Food Hazards: An Update
    • In-depth Hazard Analysis
    • Advanced Concepts in Verification
    • Validation Technology
    • Management Strategies for the HACCP System
  • HACCP Overview Employee Training
  • Operator/Supervisor Monitoring and Verification Training
  • On-site food safety and HACCP Workshops
  • “Germ City” handwashing program

Contact Jennifer Buel at 208-426-3767 or jenniferbuel@techhelp.org for more information or click here to request a complimentary visit or assessment.   

GFSI & FSMA Food Safety Programs

Governments, large food producers, and retailers worldwide are requiring food processors to adhere to global food safety standards. TechHelp specialists help Idaho food, and dairy processors pass audits by adopting best practices defined by the Global Food Safety Initiative and Food Safety Modernization Act.

Some of the 60 graduates pose with course instructors Jeff Kronenberg and Mark Daeschel.

Some of the 60 graduates pose with course instructors Jeff Kronenberg and Mark Daeschel.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

The Global Food Safety Initiative is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. 

Contact Jennifer Buel at 208-426-3767 or jenniferbuel@techhelp.org for more information or click here to request a complimentary visit or assessment.   

Audit Preparation

Food & Dairy Processing Specialists from TechHelp and the University of Idaho School of Food Science help Idaho processors prepare for and pass food safety audits that help them compete domestically and globally and grow market share.

Contact Jennifer Buel at 208-426-3767 or jenniferbuel@techhelp.org for more information or click here to request a complimentary visit or assessment.   

Workshops

Food & Dairy Processing Specialists from TechHelp and the University of Idaho School of Food Science inform and educate Idaho processors through carefully selected private and public workshops. You can see a list of typical Food & Dairy Workshops here. 

Contact Jennifer Buel at 208-426-3767 or jenniferbuel@techhelp.org for more information or click here to request a complimentary visit or assessment.