Join our Food Safety Cohort

OMEP invites you to participate in this virtual 8-part Food Safety Cohort which is designed to help small food manufacturers implement an actionable and sustainable food safety program that opens doors to new business opportunities. This series will provide you with easily customizable templates for documentation and training so that you can start using what you’ve learned at your company right away. 


This workshop series is an excellent opportunity to jump-start your company into action! This cohort series will teach you how to implement a food safety program to comply with the Preventative Controls for Human Food rule. Each workshop will teach you how to implement key aspects of a food safety program at your company such as

  • identifying a food safety team
  • building a food safety plan
  • performing self-audits
  • implementing corrective actions

“Reading the standards is one thing, but understanding what they actually need to look like is another. I can’t imagine tackling the FSMA compliance without some sort of guidance. The food safety cohort turned a mountain of dread into a mountain of possible.”

– Past Cohort Attendee

    Cohort Outline:

    Session 1 – Implementing Your Food Safety Program

    • Implementing a Food Safety Program
    • Establishing a Food Safety Team
    • Implementing a System for Documentation and Records
    • Training Your Team

    Session 2 – Sustaining Your Food Safety Program

    • Complying with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs)
    • Performing Internal Audits
    • Applying Corrective Actions

    Session 3 – Assessing Your Supply Chain Risk – Part 1

    • Assessing Inherent Risks – Raw Materials and Packaging
    • Label Review

    Session 4 – Assessing Your Supply Chain Risk – Part 2

    • Supplier Approval Process
    • Supply Chain Preventive Controls Plan 

      Session 5 – Building Your Food Safety Plan – Hazard Analysis

      • Choosing a Product Category for Hazard Analysis

      • Creating a Process Flow

      • Assessing Hazards in your Process and Supply Chain

      Session 6 – Preventive Controls – Part 1

      • The Four Preventative Controls

      • Process Preventive Controls Plan

      • Allergen Preventive Controls Plan

      • Verification and Validation

      Session 7 – Preventive Controls – Part 2

      • Sanitation Preventive Controls Plan

      • Writing Sanitation Procedures and Cleaning Schedules

      Session 8 – Building Your Recall Plan

      • Understanding Inputs to a Recall

      • Assessing Your Recall and Withdrawal Program

      • Creating a Recall Plan


      Prior to her role as Senior Consultant for OMEP’s Springfield / Eugene region, Michelle Knepel was a Manufacturing Consultant  Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. She has nine years of experience planning, directing, and coordinating the work activities and resources used in manufacturing. Prior to consulting, she led high-performance teams in both union and non-union environments in the automotive, FMCG and furniture sectors. Michelle is Green Belt Certified and well versed in Six Sigma tools including Value Stream Mapping, DMAIC, root cause identification and continuous improvement.

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