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Tanya Halvorson

NEW DATES! Food Safety Modernization Act Workshop Series

June 2020
Eugene, Oregon
Building a FSMA Compliant Food Safety Program
Instructors – Teri Danielson and Linda Wechsler

  • Class Overview

    Northwest Food Solutions, in collaboration with OMEP, have been awarded a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) grant to provide FSMA training.  NWFS will provide a 6-part learning workshop series focused on building a FSMA compliant food safety plan.

    Workshop fees are covered by the NIST grant, with no cost to attendees.

    This workshop series is designed for small food processors looking to comply with FSMA Preventative Controls for Human Food.  Learn to implement different aspects of a food safety plan such as establishing a food safety team, performing internal audits and assessing supply chain risk.  Curriculum also includes templates and examples for you to begin using at your own company right away.  Training will be held in Eugene, OR

    2020 Workshop series dates

    June 24 – Implementing a food safety program

    July 8 – Sustaining a food safety program

    July 22 – Assessing Supply chain risk

    August 5 – Building a food safety plan –  hazard analysis

    August 19 – Building a food safety plan – preventative controls

    September 2 – Building a Recall Plan

More Info


Food industry tracking system for supplier documentation requests and receipts.

  • Organize and track requests for food safety documentation from suppliers
  • Monitor approval status based on documents requested and received
  • Create simple status reports of supplier, item and food safety documents
  • Easily identify expired documents

Fill out the form below to start tracking supplier documents now!

Inventory Management

October 2020 – check back for date
Portland State University
Length: 2-day class
Inventory Management
Instructor – Teri Danielson

  • Class Overview

    Inventory is one of the lean manufacturing “seven wastes” – a necessary evil, some might say.  Successfully managing and minimizing inventory involves understanding some basic principles, establishing a rhythm, and applying discipline to day to day practices.  Inventory is an area where problems are easily made visible and readily measurable.  Applying continuous improvement principles can result in significant waste reduction.  In this class we will explore both lean and traditional inventory management principles and how companies can effectively implement those principles and reduce waste.


Leading Sustainable Change

May 7, 2020
Portland State University
Length:  1-day class
Leading Sustainable Change:
Daily Management
Instructor – Alicia Garrison

  • Class Overview

    A key component to a continuous improvement culture is the daily rhythm and focus of the leaders. A typical approach to improvement is to identify big goals and then take giant leaps towards meeting those goals in the least amount of time. While this sounds good in theory, it often leads to late deliverables, missing critical tasks, and employee burnout. In this class, we explore how to link a company strategy to daily improvement, how to measure success, and leadership daily improvement rhythms.