Science & Research

Food Safety

Dairy’s Focus on Food Safety

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® (IC), provides a forum for the dairy industry to work together pre-competitively. Collectively, the IC represents over 500 dairy manufacturers and over 80 percent of the U.S. milk supply. One important IC initiative is the Food Safety Team, which helps assure dairy products are safe by providing resources and training in all facets of dairy manufacturing.

Dairy Plant Food Safety

The training and best practices for dairy plant food safety were developed for the dairy industry by the dairy industry.

Supply Chain

The IC Food Safety Team has developed science-based tools to assess your supplies and suppliers which support FSMA Hazard Analysis, Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and Foreign Supplier Verification Program Regulations.

Artisan and Farmstead

Artisan and farmstead cheese continues to grow rapidly with unique cheese products that are sold at retail, restaurants, or farmers markets around the country.

To assure the dairy industry continues to provide safe and nutritional food products, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has developed resources for artisan and farmstead cheesemakers making important food safety information more accessible.

Control of Listeria in Dairy Products

Control of Listeria monocytogenes Guidance for the U.S. Dairy Industry was prepared for the dairy industry by the dairy industry, leveraging industry subject matter experts.  It is intended to build knowledge and communicate best practices for a wide spectrum of food safety practitioners: hourly employees, engineers, quality professionals, senior staff, contractors, suppliers and more.  The guidance follows a simple graphic to share knowledge and help establish effective pathogen controls in a dairy manufacturing facility. 

Listeria Research Consortium

The Innovation Center for U.S. dairy (IC) provides a forum for the dairy industry to work together pre-competitively. In 2015 the IC initiated an industry funded Listeria Research Consortium in order to advance science with the ultimate goal of protecting consumers and developing new tools for use in dairy plants and products.