As a world-class dairy processor, we strive to raise the bar when it comes to food safety and quality, ensuring our customers are offered products made to high industry standards. It’s a commitment that is reinforced everyday, in every aspect of our operations, and the reason we continuously look for ways to find innovative solutions to minimize risk. One such example of this safety-first culture includes our support in food safety training workshops, which have taken place since 2011 across multiple Saputo locations including Green Bay, Wisconsin and Dallas, Texas.
With an estimated 48 million total foodborne illnesses occurring per year in the U.S. across all food types, representatives from the Dairy Division (USA) have, in collaboration with Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), developed and executed Dairy Plant Food Safety Workshops aimed at educating plant employees on the prevention of foodborne pathogens in dairy products.
Since its inception, approximately 1,900 dairy industry employees have attended the workshop training.
Taking place 5-6 times per year, participants benefit from the opportunity to interact with industry experts and peers from across the dairy industry with short lectures and hands-on small group exercises that teach best practices and practical approaches for in-plant pathogen control.
In a concerted effort to continue increasing knowledge of food safety and quality and reducing food safety incidents involving dairy products across the industry as a whole, our team of experts are supporting the development of online training materials for small artisan cheese manufacturers who are unable to attend onsite workshops as well as developing pathogen control manuals available free of charge to all industry professionals.
We believe in providing our customers with products that not only offer high nutritional value and quality, but that they can also trust to be safe. We will continue improving our processes and sharing best practices to ensure consumers maintain the level of confidence that they already place in dairy foods, and in Saputo.