Food industry professionals can learn about the latest risks, rules and cutting-edge defenses for foodborne illness at the 38th Annual Food Safety and Sanitation Workshop, Nov. 6‑8, in Portland, Ore., co‑hosted by Washington State University Extension.

Held in partnership with University of Idaho Extension, Food Northwest, and Oregon State University Extension, this annual conference helps food manufacturers, extension educators and health officials share discoveries and best practices to keep our food supply healthy.

Girish Ganjyal, associate professor in the WSU Department of Food Science, chairs this event in concert with a steering committee of 17 professionals representing the food industry, academia and the regulatory agencies in the region.

The two‑day workshop includes four general session talks, 16 breakout session talks and 17 speakers. Topics include food fraud, hygiene, cleaning and hand-washing, embedding defense in your food safety culture, as well as Spanish-language workshops, among others. An industry panel discussion will explore best practices for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act. A full agenda is available at on the WSU Extension website.

The event will be held at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland. Seating is limited, and early registration is advised at the workshop website.

Early registration is $250 by Monday, Oct. 22. Late registration is $290.

During this year’s event, a deserving nominee will be awarded with the third annual Line Worker Award.

Room block information is available online at the WSU Extension website.