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

Focused on pathogen-control guidelines and principles, the goal of the Innovation Center’s Food Safety Committee is to develop and encourage industry adoption of a uniform approach to in-plant pathogen control programs. By offering several Dairy Plant Food Safety Workshops each year and providing tools and templates, industry members can gain food safety fundamentals and receive hands-on experience on techniques and standard operating procedures to help dairy plants meet stringent regulations.

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.

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.   The guidance was revised June 14, 2017.


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.

Spanish Language Tools

The Innovation Center for U.S. dairy (IC) Food Safety team provides tools and guidance for the Dairy Industry. Some of these key tools are now available in Spanish to help communicate food safety best practices to a broader audience. The documents available in Spanish are the Control of Listeria monocytogenes Guidance for the U.S. Dairy Industry, Dairy Equipment Design Checklist, Dairy Facility Checklist, and an example of a Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP)