Food Safety Northwest is teaming up with the University of Idaho to offer a subsidized introductory course for food entrepreneurs, people who are new to the food industry and factory personnel in Food and Drug Administration-regulated facilities.

The course provides an overview of food safety and was designed to prepare participants to take the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance’s preventive controls for human food course for certification as a preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI)

It will be presented by Jeff Kronenberg, assistant professor at the University of Idaho and a food safety practitioner at Food Safety Northwest; Josh Bevan, director of the university’s Food Technology Center; and Nancy Grabarczyk, food safety practitioner with Grabarczyk Consulting.

Participants will learn about food-safety prerequisite programs, which are used to ensure food products are free from non-life threatening objectionable contaminants. This includes the recently updated good manufacturing practices, which are required by both state and federal food regulators.

The workshop will also focus on HACCP, or Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, a system utilized to prevent significant health-threatening food hazards. Participants will learn about preliminary tasks, key principles and implementing a HACCP/Food Safety Plan.

The workshop will also introduce participants to the new Food Safety Modernization Action regulation Preventive Controls for Human Food.

During the workshop, interactive team exercises and electronic participant response technology will be deployed to enhance the learning experience.

Participants will receive a certification of completion with the University of Idaho seal.

The one-day workshop will be offered at the Hilton Garden Inn in Idaho Falls on Nov. 7 and the Hilton Garden Inn in Twin Falls on Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost is $150 and includes a workshop manual, breakfast, lunch and beverages.

To register, visit . For technical questions, contact Kronenberg at .

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