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Dairy Facts 2016

Learn Pathogen Control Skills at Dairy Lab Course

Jul 12, 2017

To help dairy plant professionals stay up to date with good laboratory practices and techniques, IDFA is joining with Chestnut Labs again to offer “Microbiological Testing: A Hands-On Food Safety Course,” November 7-9 in Springfield, Mo.

“We developed this training exclusively for dairy industry professionals who need the tools to help build and maintain a strong food safety program in their plants,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards. “The course offers specific training on pathogens of concern to the dairy industry and teaches practical skills to help identify, test for and mitigate microorganisms in a dairy manufacturing environment.”

The course, which has been commended by food safety professionals, will offer both a hands-on opportunity to learn proper lab-testing practices and the chance to get up to speed on new regulatory requirements. 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.

Dairy professionals with food safety responsibilities, including quality assurance and control, sanitation, maintenance and operations, are invited to attend.

Registration for the course is now open.

For more information, contact Allan at

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