From offices in Boise, Post Falls, Twin Falls, and Pocatello, TechHelp Specialists help Idaho manufacturers, food processors and entrepreneurs improve their competitiveness through continuous product and process innovation.

As of September 2018, the Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA requires ALL food processors, including small ones (less than 500 employees), 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 will also allow you to grow into national, regional, or local markets such as Walmart, Costco, Albertsons, Whole Foods or your local Co-op.

If you are ready to create your plan, WE CAN HELP. Food Processing Specialists, Janna Hamlett and Catherine Cantley of TechHelp and the University of Idaho are looking for small food manufacturers (fewer than 500 employees) that are ready and willing to create a plan.

The IFSC 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 waived if you COMPLETE the program and your food safety plan. 

Funded by a grant for a limited time, the Idaho Food Safety Cooperative (IFSC) Program is worth nearly $10,000 to each participant. The program includes:

  1. Free Food Safety Gap Assessment of your operation.
  2. Free Attendance at one of our PCQI Human Food Courses.
  3. Free training and templates needed to create your FSMA Compliant Food Safety Plan.
  4. Six hours of 1-1 consulting to help you put the finishing touches on your Food Safety plan.
  • Small food processing companies with fewer than 500 employees.
  • Each company team of up to 3 people must include at least one person with “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” (PCQI) training. (Attend one of our PCQI Courses free of charge)
  • 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.


IFSC cohorts meet in a small, comfortable classroom setting from 1-5 PM.  Between sessions, you will apply learnings from class to your company 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
  • Workshop 5: Building Your Food Safety Plan
  • Workshop 6: Building a Recall Plan

If would like to learn more about the IFSC, click the button below and we will be in touch: