Supply Chain

The IC Food Safety Team has developed science-based tools to assess your supplies and suppliers in support of FSMA Hazard Analysis, Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and Foreign Supplier Verification Program Regulations.  Workshops and tools are designed to help companies identify, quantify, and mitigate risks from their supply chain.

Supply Chain Toolkit

The toolkit includes:

  • Risk assessment calculator which assesses risk of materials, suppliers' risk and intended use to provide an overall supplier risk level.
  • Food safety guidance document which lists external supplier programs with minimum practice and best practice elements.
  • Cross link matrix which can be used as a guide to associate the risk assessment to the food safety guidance document for prioritization of suppler programs to mitigate the risk.
  • Supplier program files are examples of templates that can be used as part of a company’s supplier management food safety program for documentation.

Upcoming workshops 2021

Supplier Food Safety Management

Dairy Management Food Safety
Hosted in partnership by Dairy Practices Council and the Innovation Center for US Dairy
November 2, 2021
Register Here for the Pittsburgh, PA Workshop

This course was designed by dairy industry professionals for the benefit of the dairy industry through a collaborative effort among member companies of the non-profit Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. The instructors are food safety leaders from companies across the dairy industry.

The workshop is intended for dairy companies and their suppliers who are seeking to assure the food safety performance of their supply network. It is science based and was designed to help companies identify, quantify, and mitigate risks from ingredients, packaging, equipment, and services. The approach taught is consistent with HACCP, GFSI schemes (SQF and BRC), and FSMA requirements which broadens your accountability for your suppliers.

The Curriculum
 Participants learn how to use a toolkit that assesses their supply/suppliers for food safety hazards and that helps determine appropriate prevention and mitigation steps. Participants will be introduced to "minimum" and "best" practices associated with supplier food safety programs. The curriculum includes:

  • RISK ASSESSMENT CALCULATOR that integrates an assessment of potential supplier risk, materials risk, and intended use risks
  • FOOD SAFETY GUIDANCE DOCUMENT with minimum practice and best practice elements for suppliers in your dairy company's supply chain
  • PRACTICE SESSIONS that allow attendees to use the Tool Kit and apply it to developing simulated supply programs to mitigate food safety risk. Students also learn to link the risk assessment calculator to practices from the guidance document.
  • BEST PRACTICE SHARING and NETWORKING with peers from across the industry

Who Should Attend?

  • Corporate Food Safety, Quality, and Supply Chain Leaders
  • Dairy Industry Supplier Quality Leaders, Professionals, and Auditors
  • Purchasing/Sourcing Leaders and Professionals
  • Suppliers of Ingredients, Packaging, and Services to the Dairy Industry

Supply Chain Resources

Dairy Plant Food Safety Resources

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