Food Safety Services and Industry Solutions

Impact Washington offers food industry training and compliance assistance throughout the Northwest - Washington, Idaho, and Montana

Compliance Assistance

Staying current on FSMA regulations for human food and animal feed/pet food is a necessity. Our experts are ready to help your business achieve and sustain compliance.

FSMA Training:

Impact Washington has built an accomplished team of carefully selected food scientists and specialists who know the food industry and excel at working across the entire food supply chain.

Why Impact?

We’re a nonprofit organization utilizing top consultants from the PNW. Our access to partner relationships & lower fee structures ensures your compliance with FSMA regulations.

Our Approach

Staying current on regulations for human food and animal food is a necessity. Our highly experienced food processing specialists offer value driven solutions to food manufacturers including expertise on food related gap analysis, food safety program development and product and process guidance and cost-savings.  Impact Washington also assists with Food Safety Planning, Good Manufacturing Practices, Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance, Hazard Analysis, Seafood HACCP and food defense programs.

Impact Washington has built an accomplished team of carefully selected food scientists and specialists who know the food industry and excel at working across the entire food supply chain. Our team averages over 30 years of hands-on experience working for industry, as consultants, and as operational managers. We have dealt with many of the challenges our clients face; we have lived the types of processes we help design and implement. Our Certified Food Scientists (CFS) certifications include FSPCA, HACCP, Internal Audit, BRC, FSSC22000, SQF and IFS.

We are a member of the Washington, Idaho, Montana Tri-State Collaborative and are official state representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network. We utilize top consultants from the Northwest. Our lead instructors, and access to industry experts, offered at lower free structures ensures excellent industry services and food safety training courses.

Impact Washington’s Chief Food Scientists, Craig Doan on Food Safety and Compliance

Our Solutions

We offer a variety of options to help your manufacturing business achieve and maintain compliance with today’s food processing and safety standards.

Food Safety Compliance Trainings and Workshops 

  • Preventative Controls for Human Food – PCQI
  • Preventative Controls for Animal Food – PCQI
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Program
  • PSA – Produce Safety Alliance –Grower Training
  • Seafood HACCP Alliance – Basic Course
  • Seafood HACCP Alliance – Sanitation Control Procedures (SCP) for processing Fish and Fishery Products
  • Food Safety for Food Processors
  • Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Practitioner
  • Food Allergens
  • Food Recall
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practice Requirements & Readiness
  • Internal Auditing for Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS)
  • Food Defense – Intentional Adulteration
  • Corrective Actions and Root Cause Analysis

FSMA Gap Analysis 

  • Free GAP Assessment
  • Assessments are confidential and typically take fewer than 30 minutes
  • Help identify areas of recommended improvements potential FSMA needs
  • You own the completed assessment
  • Conducted online or onsite when applicable

FSMA Compliance Analysis & Food Safety Plan Creation

Impact Washington will help you conduct a food safety hazards analysis and identify potential preventive controls to develop a Food Safety Plan as required by FSMA. We will help compile records required by industry regulations to achieve and maintain compliance.

Food Safety Expert Consultation, Guidance, & Training

In cooperation with your food safety team, we establish ourselves as a resource to assist your facility in becoming regulation compliant. We also facilitate on-site employee training on FSMA regulations and compliance.

Product & Process Cost Savings

Impact Washington partners with NIST, industry associations, and local community colleges and universities to deliver effective lean training programs and develop growth strategies that can help transform food manufacturers into agile and increasingly profitable enterprises.

What does FSMA cover?

Foodborne illnesses and diseases affect millions of Americans each year—a stark public health reality that prompted the passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in 2011. FSMA marks the most significant food safety reform measure since the passing of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938. It has a dramatic impact on food processing manufacturers and producers in Washington state and the rest of the U.S. by focusing on preventative measures rather than contamination response.

Preventative Controls 

The FDA has passed a comprehensive mandate that now requires preventative controls for food processors to minimize food safety hazards. In order to uphold industry accountability, the FDA is committed to adopting inspection resources that are innovative and thorough.

Imported Food Safety

Total Washington imports in 2018 valued $54.4 billion dollars, representing 2.1% of the nation’s import value, and increased 9.1% over the 2017 numbers.  Human foods and animal feeds are distributed throughout the state by over 747 retail and wholesale distributers that are registered with the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The FDA has new processes and mandates to ensure the safety of imported foods into the U.S. This includes third party certification of preventative controls, importer accountability, high-risk food certification, and voluntary importer programs and entry refusal if the FDA has not been granted access to facilities for inspection.


The FDA now has authority to issue mandatory recalls for all food products when believed to be in violation of FSMA regulations and standards. The agency has new authorities in effect expanding administrative detention of products in violation and the suspension of food facilities registration.

Enhanced Partnerships

In order to strengthen the collaboration of all food safety organizations, FSMA directs the FDA to improve training across state, local, territorial and tribal food safety officials.

We are committed to the growth and continued success of Washington State’s food manufacturing industry. Working with with our team means tapping into a deep network of tools, resources, and manufacturing expertise. We leverage manufacturing grants, training and certification programs, events and on-site assistance to help empower employees and transform businesses into powerful, agile operations. Read about some of our successes below:

A Food Manufacturer Success Story: Flexible Packaging Facility Achieves Highest Food Safety Certification

Company leaders wanted Portco to obtain the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) certification to increase its competitive advantage in the food processing packaging arena. The company achieved:
  • SQF Level 3 Certification
  • Increased Production Capacity
  • Increased Top Line Revenue
Read More…

A Food Processing Success Story: Thriving by Focusing on Continuous Improvement

With a vital emphasis on food safety, Crunch Pak understands the importance of keeping its employees trained in the most updated food handling standards and risk-based preventative controls.  Their efforts have resulted in:
  • 50% decrease in employee turnover
  • Boosted their total base wage by 37% (vs 2016)
Implantation of internal print shop to reduce lead time, transports, and waste of pre-printed package labels

Read More…

Our Customers

Celebrity Gourmet
  • Crunch Pak
  • Oregon Potato Company
  • Monson Fruit Company
  • Dickinson Frozen Foods, Inc.
  • Side Hustle Syrups
  • MarketSpice
  • Seattle Fish Co.
  • Fidalgo Coffee Roasters
  • Litehouse Inc.
  • Basic American Foods
  • Kraft-Heinz
  • McCain Foods, USA, Inc.
  • West Village Farms
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • Sugiyo U.S.A. Inc.
  • Tonnemaker Hill Farm
  • Steve Carpenter

    “Utilizing the Global Reporting Initiative format helped us to take a discerning look at our sustainability initiatives and publicly declare our success and intentions in achieving our goals.”

    Steve Carpenter / Yakima Chief-Hopunion / Yakima, WA

    Frequently Asked Question
    Preventative Controls for Human Food – PCQI (First Edition 2016) – Training Curriculum Terms
    Glossary of Common Food Industry Terms and Acronyms 

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