Food Safety and Traceability Guidance Documents
Guidance Documents for the Dairy Industry
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has developed food safety guidance documents for the dairy industry. All these guides were prepared for the dairy industry by the dairy industry, leveraging industry subject matter experts. They are intended to build knowledge and communicate best practices on a wide spectrum of food safety topics for a wide spectrum of food safety practitioners: hourly employees, engineers, quality professionals, senior staff, contractors, suppliers and more.
Pathogen Control Guidance
“Controlling Pathogens in Dairy Processing Environments Guidance: Guidance for the U.S. 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.
U.S. Dairy Traceability Guidance
The Innovation Center made improving traceability a priority in its 2009 Globalization Report because it is an important factor in dairy trade. Now more than 80% of the U.S. milk supply is covered by these voluntary dairy traceability guidelines, thanks to the pledge of 26 dairy processors.
This guidance document and checklist contains information and guidance needed to implement traceability standards at your company. It will guide you through a process of comparing your current practices to a set of minimum standards for traceability, and identifying any areas that may need improvement. Some of the areas detailed include:
- Record keeping
- Data collection—Lot Numbers, ingredient information
- Lot separation
- Efficacy of traceability protocol for verification on content of final product
- Testing and validation of traceability in mock recall
The Traceability Guidance is part of the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment, a voluntary pledge through which the U.S. dairy community can document and demonstrate its progress to consumers, customers and other stakeholders. Companies that adopt the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment meet defined criteria for important areas like animal care, the environment, food safety and traceability and other important initiatives to report on impact in a transparent and meaningful way.