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Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop

April 20 - 21, 2020
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN

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About the Course

This two-day course is designed for artisan cheese and dairy food producers in the Midwest region who are preparing to create or are already developing a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliant, preventive control (PC)-based food safety plan for their facility.

The goal of the workshops is to provide Food Safety Plan review and coaching sessions that guide attendees through each step in the development process. Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) lead trainers will be present to review key food safety plan topics and after each section, participants will split into groups and develop those sections of their food safety plan with coaching from the trainers.

Templates (digital and paper) will be provided to facilitate plan development; attendees are encouraged to bring their current or in-progress plans.


Samuel D. Alcaine, PhD, Assistant Professor
Cornell University
Department of Food Science

Stephanie Clark, PhD, Professor
Iowa State University
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Tonya Schoenfuss, PhD, Associate Professor
University of Minnesota
Department of Food Science

Who Should Attend

Artisan cheese and dairy food producers just starting off, those taking the next step in their Food Safety Plan Development, and those looking for a review of their current plans.


  • Attendees are encouraged to enroll and complete an online training “Food Safety for Artisan/Farmstead Cheesemakers prior to this workshop. Link:
  • There are NO prerequisites. PCQI certification is recommended (but not required) prior to enrollment.
  • Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to bring a plan to develop more completely at the workshop. Please work with the course coach ( if you need assistance determining if products should be grouped or split.
  • Attendees who wish to work on digital versions of their plans are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

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The generous support of the USDA allows this course ($600 value) to be provided at a reduced cost to artisan dairy producers for $49.

Contacts for more information

Vaishu Sankarlal
Phone: (651) 410-7862

Alexander Hall Solla
Phone: 607.255.3459

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