How Expert Services Work

1. Answer Food Safety Questions

Answer some questions about your food products in the step-by-step ConnectFood plan generator to get started.

+ Easy to Use Software Interface
+ Begin to Automatically Generate Documentation
+ All Data is Private, Safe, and Secure

2. Request Quote for Services

Request a Quote from our partner network for services such as helping to write a food safety plan.

+ Free to Request a Quote
+ A National Selection of Food Safety Experts
+ All Experts are Preventive Control Qualified Individuals

3. Hire Your Food Safety Expert

3. Select one of the bids to hire your food safety expert to assist with your food safety documentation and reviews.

+ Instantly Hire with a Few Clicks
+ Expert becomes a part of your Virtual Food Safety Team
+ Save 40%-70% Compared to Traditional Consulting

Highlighted Expert Services

You may choose any number of of food safety professional services depending on your food safety needs. All services include 30 days of the software for free. Request a quote on any of the services listed below:

Help to Write Plans

Experts help write HACCP or Preventive Control food safety plans for your organization in ConnectFood’s food safety plan generator. Also, includes SOP configuration, GMP review, and Log configuration.

Starts at Price: $950

Plan Review

A review of your HACCP or Preventive Controls plan once written, for non-acidified foods. Includes the total review of a plan’s process flow, hazards, and controls.

Price Starts at: $450

Process Authority Letter

Request a process authority letter from a certified process authority. This person has expert knowledge of thermal processing requirements for low-acid foods packaged in hermetically sealed containers.

Price Starts at:: $650

Help to Write Recall Plan

The expert will help write a recall plan to to assist an organization interact with the public, state recall coordinator, and federal recall coordinator during a product recall.

Price Starts at: $450

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) - Development or Review

Assist companies develop or review SOPs and/or Sanitation SOPs. Example SOPs range from facility cleaning steps to thermometer calibration.

Price Starts at: $300

Audit Preparation

Prepare for an audit. Includes such items as: checklists, organization of documents, and more.

Price Starts at: $750

Supplier Verification Support

“Support for company’s with 50 or more suppliers to obtain appropriate documentation for the FSMA supplier verification program. Activities include such things as: assistance in developing a communication plan, assessing required documents, brokering messaging between suppliers and client, and more. ”

Price Starts at: $500

Implementation Record Review

A review of records, such as: monitoring, corrective actions, verification records, supply-chain, and training records.

Price Starts at: $350

ConnectFood Expert Services was fast, affordable, and responsive. We chose their services over traditional consulting firms.

– William Noel, Owner, Noel’s Speciality Foods

A Few Of Our Partners

All partners are thoroughly vetted, highly experienced, Preventive Control Qualified Individuals.

Laura Saran

Laura Saran

Owner, LJS Food Solutions LLC

Laura Saran is currently a food industry consultant providing expertise in new product development, project management, and food safety. She is a trained FSPCA Lead Instructor. Laura has extensive experience working in the food manufacturing environment both from an R&D and an Operational perspective. Her background includes working in both the Ice cream and confectionery industries. She served as an R&D Director for Mars Chocolate - North America and was responsible for strategy, new product development, and quality systems. Laura has an MBA from Dominican University, a BS in Food Science from Purdue University, and has PMP Certification (Project Management Professional) and CFS (Certified Food Scientist).

David Park, Ph.D.

David Park, Ph.D.

Principle, Food Defense, LLC

In 2001, Park launched his own food safety and food defense consulting business, Food-Defense, LLC, near Washington, DC. Park and currently assists industry clients with FDA and USDA-FSIS process authority services, including activities involving thermal and non-thermal preservation technologies which comply with FDA and USDA-FSIS low-acid and acidified canned food GMP regulations. While at TechniCAL, Inc. Park co-founded the Institute of Thermal Processing Specialists (IFTPS). Park currently serves as an industry instructor for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Better Process Control Schools, the U of MD Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) International Training Programs and U of MD Food Nutrition and Food Science Department. Park is an FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF) Lead Instructor, and holds an appointment as an Adjunct Expert for the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) at the University of Minnesota in 2016. Park has received the National Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) Honorary Doctorate of Food Service Award, the U.S. Army Civilian Patriotic Service Award and Purdue University Outstanding Food Science Alumni Award. Park received a food science degree from Purdue University and is a Lifetime Member of Phi Tau Sigma Food Science Honorary and was elected as an Alternate Councilor-At-Large in 2016.

Kathy Knutson, Ph.D.

Kathy Knutson, Ph.D.

Owner, Kathy Knutson Food Safety Consulting - Greenbay, WI

Dr. Kathy Knutson works nationwide with food manufacturers on recall investigations, problem-solving, training, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliance. After being trained in 2016 as a Lead Instructor with the FDA-recognized curriculum for Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals, she delivered over 20 workshops to industry. With over 35 years in microbiology and 15 years of full-time teaching, Dr. Knutson is passionate about training and is an effective communicator at all levels in an organization. She has taught and consulted with companies on laboratory methods, interpretation of lab results, quality assurance, sanitation, environmental monitoring, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As a life-long learner, Dr. Knutson is trained in prevention of intentional adulteration, a topic on the horizon for the food industry. Dr. Knutson is a contributing author at Dr. Knutson writes a food safety blog and contributes expert services to manufacturers through, an online site for writing HACCP and food safety plans. When Dr. Knutson is not traveling, she works from home in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and an adorable Bernedoodle.

Finding food safety help can be a challenge. We’ve cut out the hard part for you.

On Your Own

– Expensive project and overhead costs

– Too many food safety consultants to search

– Lengthy consulting project timelines

With ConnectFood

+ Affordable project and reduced overhead costs by using efficiencies in software

+ A vetted food safety expert network

+ Expedited project deliverables

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is one of the three software packages required to order Expert Services?

    Yes, an active software packages (Starter, Standard, or Premium) is required for one of the ConnectFood Partners to work with you on your account. 30 days of the software is available for free if an Expert Service Order is placed. Please see for the list of software packages available.

  • How does the 60-day money-back guarantee work?

    If you find ConnectFood doesn’t work for you for whatever reason, just contact us via email, phone or even within the app within the first 60 days and we’ll gladly refund your money.

  • What payment methods do you accept?

    We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. An Account Clearing House (ACH) payment method can also be established, please contact the ConnectFood support team to assist with setting up the ACH You’re protected with our 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee regardless of payment choice.

Try Our Automated Plan Templates!

You can always order expert services at anytime, if you would rather start using the software to write and maintain your food safety plans and program documentation, try the software for free with a wide array of plan templates. It includes such features as records/log management, good manufacturing practices, standard operating procedure library, visual drag-drop process flow designer, automatic supplier document management, and much more.