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Dairy Facts 2016

Get Up to Speed with Lab Training for Dairy

Aug 03, 2016

To help dairy plant professionals stay up to date with good laboratory practices and techniques, IDFA is again joining with Chestnut Labs to offer “Microbiological Testing: A Hands-On Food Safety Course,” November 1-3 in Springfield, Mo.

“This skills-building course provides tools needed to help build and maintain a strong food safety program in dairy plants,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards. “Developed exclusively for the dairy industry, it offers both a hands-on opportunity to learn proper lab testing practices and get up to speed on new regulatory requirements.”

Over the course of three days, attendees will learn to:

  • Understand basic food microbiology, including common terminology and factors affecting microbial growth and survival in a dairy plant;
  • Control pathogens of concern, based on manufacturing environments;
  • Interpret certificate-of-analysis results;
  • Comply with Food Safety Modernization Act regulations; and
  • Use pathogen environmental monitoring (PEM) principles to design a robust PEM program.

Attendees will also learn techniques for proper plating; reading and interpreting common indicator microorganisms; preventing common mistakes in microbiological testing; choosing correct test methods and performing internal lab audits.

Registration for the course is available on the IDFA website.

For more information, contact Allan at

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