MMEC is dedicated to the future success of manufacturing, and one of the most vibrant and growing sectors in Montana is the food and beverage processing and manufacturing industry.  With the passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011, we have increased our emphasis on supporting food manufacturers and processors, brewers and distillers, and others affected by the updated law by ensuring and enabling compliance through expansion of our food program, including key training requirements. 

Nearly 1 in 6 Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses every year, with nearly 3000 annual fatalities. The goal of the FSMA is to reduce these mostly preventable occurrences in the food manufacturing industry, by identifying all the possible ways in which food can become unsafe and establishing control steps that mitigate those risks.

Food manufacturers need to know that:

  • FSMA rules have precise requirements for risk reduction,
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  • FSMA rules have deadlines for compliance, and
  • FSMA rules are enforceable as federal law and violations may be treated as criminal acts.

MMEC is here to help! We have numerous services, resources, and classes focused on understanding and complying with the FSMA .  As part of the MEP National Network, MMEC also has a collaborative partnership with Idaho’s TechHelp and Impact Washington to provide even more services with our combined food resources.


Services Offered


  • FSMA Food Safety Gap Assessment - Are you ready for your next food safety audit?  Complete our free gap assessment to check your readiness and identify areas of potential improvement.  Contact us to walk through the assessment with the assistance and advise of a food safety specialist, or take the assessment online (about 30 minutes) through the link below. 
  • Q & A – Browse the Food Safety Q & A page for answers to the most frequently asked questions about the FSMA, including “What is It?” and “Do I need to comply with it?”
  • Guides and resources – access key resources that can help you get started:
  • Food and Beverage Manufacturing Experts – As part of the MEP National Network, food and beverage manufacturers in Montana also have access to a number of other expert resources throughout the Pacific northwest and across the country.  Download the flyer for information on additional services available.
  • Food Safety Classes – Scroll down or click here for our calendar of upcoming food safety trainings.  Public classes are offered on a regular basis on key topics, such as creating a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan, understanding and applying the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) or becoming a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).  Download the flyer or see our Training Services page for information on other training and certification classes available on demand.


Examples of MMEC's Work with Food Manufacturers

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