Nov. 11-12: Food safety workshop includes FDA advisor

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

food-safety-220PORTLAND, Ore. – Food sanitation, including proposed regulatory changes to a federal food safety act, will be discussed at a regional workshop Nov. 11-12 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel here.

Registration is $235 for the 34th annual Northwest Food Safety and Sanitation Workshop, organized by Washington State University-University of Idaho School of Food Science extension programs, the Northwest Food Processors Association and Oregon State University. Register at (link at left). Contact Cathy Blood,, for registration assistance.

food-safety-workshop-550Topics of broad interest regarding basic sanitation and the newest in food safety will be covered in general sessions. More specific subjects will be discussed in breakout sessions.

Attendees will interact and network with food industry suppliers and organizations. An industry exhibition hall will be the site of a wine and cheese reception Nov. 11.

Speakers will include Tim DeAtley, ConAgra Foods, discussing critical factors for sanitation programs, and Jenny Scott, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), discussing preventive sanitation in light of proposed changes to the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Breakout session topics will include: engaging management in food sanitation; food allergens and allergen cleaning programs; recall and crisis management; and more. An interactive session will be held with the FDA and regulatory officials from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.


Karen Killinger, WSU School of Food Science,, 509-335-2970