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  • The Food Safety Validation Technology Grant (FSVT) will provide up to $10,000 in technical assistance to help food, dairy and beverage processors “validate” that their food safety and HACCP control measures are effective and their products are safe. Validation is the process of providing scientific evidence that food safety and HACCP controls are effective and ensure all products are free from biological, chemical, and physical contaminants.

    Each participating company will:

    • Receive up to $10,000 of laboratory testing and consulting services for validation of one product or process.
    • Develop internal proficiency and capacity in food safety validation technology.
    • Reduce risk of food safety product failures and regulatory exposure.
    • Meet stringent customer requirements and ensure success on third party safety audits.

    If you are a Washington company interested in applying for this program, please contact Michael Schneider, Project Manager, Impact Washington at (509) 981-6348 or by email at

    Companies sometimes lack internal resources and experience in conducting validation studies that support the safety of their products. This grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, is intended to accelerate university technology transfer and improve the global competitiveness of processors.

    Each participating company will receive a final validation study report and a template for developing their own internal processes for further validation studies.

  • Published in the December 6, 2011 Special Edition of Seattle Business Insight

    by Linda Adams, Marketing Manager
    Impact Washington

     While manufacturing is key to a strong U.S. economy, 90 percent of manufacturers are small and midsize companies that seldom have the resources to compete in an increasingly global economy. As a country, helping manufacturign thrive is one of the best investments we can make in our economy. Many people think that with so much of manufacturing moving offshore, the United States has little choice but to transition into a service economy, but Linda Adams of Impact Washington disagrees. “It’s important to fight to keep those manufacturing jobs becasue they are good jobs,” she writes. “The average salary for a worker in manufacturing is about $55,000, compared to $33,000 for the average service worker.”  Read more.