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Food Safety Resources


Tools and Resources You Can Use

Cornell University Artisan Dairy Food Safety Coaching
A national dairy food safety support effort is up and running to support artisan dairy producers – cheese, yogurt, milk, ice cream, cultured products, and other dairy-based foods – in their pursuit of reviewing, implementing, and improving their food safety practices. This work is accomplished through coaching workshops designed to help Artisan’s distill food safety regulation and develop food safety plans specific to their businesses, access to food safety experts for consultations on food safety questions and access to online resources for food safety education and food safety plan development. For one-on-one ice cream food safety consultation and plan review assistance contact dairyfoodsafety@cornell.edu or call 607-255-3459.

Penn State University Good Manufacturing Practices
Access food safety procedures and documents to support Good Manufacturing Practices and Policies.

Dairy Food Safety Alliance
Together with the Center for Dairy Research and Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association leads the Dairy Food Safety Alliance, a group designed to deliver the latest in food safety news to dairy product manufacturers, processors, and their suppliers. The Alliance features FSMA compliant standard operating procedures and record keeping templates for dairy product manufacturers, processors, and suppliers.

Food Safety Plan Creation
User-friendly tools and templates in this section were contributed by existing ice cream manufacturers to provide access to commonly used forms you can implement in your food safety plan to make your day-to-day operations safer.

Dairy Industry Pathogen Control Guidance
Controlling Pathogens in Dairy Processing Environments Guidance: Guidance for the US Dairy Industry” provides best practices for controlling Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and Cronobacter sakazakii and builds upon “Control of Listeria monocytogenes: Guidance for the U.S Dairy Industry” that was issued in 2016.  The “Control of Listeria monocytogenes: Guidance for the U.S Dairy Industry” focuses on best practices for controlling Listeria monocytogenes.  Both guidance documents follow a simple graphic to share knowledge and help establish effective pathogen controls in a dairy manufacturing facility.   The “Control of Listeria monocytogenes: Guidance for the U.S Dairy Industry” is also available in a Spanish language version.

ServeSafe
ServeSafe allows participants to earn nationally-accredited food safety certification from the National Restaurant Association. Learn about foodborne illness, how to prevent it and how to train employees in food sanitation. Choose from several online, classroom and language options

Food Code
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes the Food Code, that assists in food control by providing scientifically sound technical and legal basis for regulating restaurants and grocery stores and institutions such as nursing homes. Resources are posted to help establishments train employees on health and hygiene and ensure they are meeting safe food handling guidelines .

Dairy Practices Council Educational Guidelines
Access the Dairy Practices Council educational guidelines which contain practical, timely information about sanitation, procedures, and general good practices that relate to the dairy farm and dairy manufacturing facilities. For a catalog of resources for purchase follow this link:

Guide to FDA Inspections & Preparing for a Recall
The Guide to FDA Inspections & Preparing for a Recall is intended to help dairy companies understand their rights and obligations with respect to FDA requirements and inspections, as well as those of the agency’s inspectors. The 74-page publication is arranged in two parts. Part I includes a quick guide to FDA inspections, background information and guidelines regarding requests for records, samples and post-inspection procedures. Part II covers general information on recalls, how to develop a recall plan and details on the Reportable Food Registry. Each part contains sample forms and exhibits for quick reference. The guide is available for purchase from the IDFA website.

Crisis Preparedness Toolkit for Dairy Processing Companies
We have all seen news coverage of food recalls that demonstrate how important it is for the dairy industry to speak with one voice when food safety is called into question. The entire industry can be impacted by the way one entity responds. This Crisis Preparedness Toolkit for Dairy Processing Companies was developed to provide a template to develop or expand your company’s crisis plan, help your company prepare for public perception crises related to your product and further the dairy industry’s overall crisis preparedness by uniting the industry with complementary plans.

3M and Cornell University Environmental Monitoring Handbook for the Food and Beverage Industries
This handbook is intended to provide general guidance on how environmental monitoring may serve as either validation or verification of specific prerequisite programs (e.g., sanitation and sanitary equipment design) or may be more generally seen as a strategy to monitor the environment for unhygienic conditions.