The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will host food safety workshops that are taught by industry professionals for the benefit of the entire industry.
Established under the leadership of dairy farmers and led by dairy company CEOs and industry leaders representing 60 percent of the U.S. milk supply, the Innovation Center provides a pre-competitive forum for the industry to work together on shared social responsibility priorities and opportunities.
The food safety committee of the Innovation Center helps the industry improve practices and reduce risks in dairy foods. Since 2010, more than 3,200 people have attended workshops focused on strengthening manufacturing practices, supporting safe supplier programs and protecting consumers from foodborne issues.
The following workshops are being offered:
- April 3-4, Seattle (Hosts: Darigold and Tillamook Cheese)
- May 21-22, Baraboo, Wisconsin (Hosts: Foremost Farms and Sargento Foods)
- October 15-16, Minneapolis (Hosts: Land O’ Lakes and Glanbia)
- October 22-23, Wilbraham, Massachusetts (Hosts: HP Hood, Dean Foods and Agri-Mark)
Registration fee: $495
- April 9-10, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Registration fee: To encourage “paired learning” with manufacturers and suppliers, half-price registrations ($195) are available with one full-price attendee ($395).
Visit www.usdairy.com/events for more information on any of these workshops.
Additional online training and resources are available from the Innovation Center, including:
Artisan/Farmstead Cheesemaker Food Safety – The Innovation Center and North Carolina State University created an online course focused on the importance of food safety, food safety hazards, preventive controls, regulatory considerations and product/environmental monitoring. While the training was designed for artisan cheesemakers, it also is valuable to farmstead producers.
Registration fee: $149. There is no charge for American Cheese Society members (contact ACS for more information).
In addition, up to 20 two-day courses will be offered throughout the U.S. over the next three years. The courses are underwritten by a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to offer training on food safety measures and help students complete a plan for their operations. The workshop includes follow-up support and mentoring. Dates and locations can be found at www.usdairy.com/artisan
Listeria Control Guidance Document – a downloadable guide written by top dairy food safety experts is available at www.usdairy.com/foodsafety. This guide follows “the pathogen equation,” which is the core of the dairy plant food safety workshop. The document is also available in Spanish.