Dairy Sanitation Workshop

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April 20, 2017
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: UMaine Extension Penobscot County Office, 307 Maine Avenue, Bangor, ME

Registration is closed; workshop is full.

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Cost: $80.00 (includes notebook, lunch and snacks); Farm Discount: If farms are sending multiple people and need only one notebook, $80.00 for the first person and $20.00 each additional person.

Maximum number of attendees is 30 people. We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if we do not meet a minimum of at least 15 people by Friday, April 14, 2017.


  • Beth Calder, Ph.D., Extension Food Science Specialist
  • Jason Bolton, Ph.D., Extension Food Safety Specialist
  • Robson Machado, Ph.D., Extension Food Scientist
  • Ronda Stone, Consumer Protection Inspector, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
  • Attending: Tanya Farrington-Thomason and Renee Blais, Dairy Inspectors, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

Designed for cheese makers and small farms producing dairy goods, this workshop will cover an overview of sanitation topics, such as bacterial pathogens related to dairy products, the Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls for Human Food and who must comply, FDA’s prerequisite programs, such as current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), and Standard Sanitation Operating Procedures (SSOPs), how to implement SSOPs, an overview of cleaners and sanitizers, how to prepare swab samples in your facility for sanitation checks/verification and an activity on writing your sanitation plan.

For more information or registration assistance, please contact Melissa Libby at 207.581.2788 or melissa.libby1@maine.edu. Please contact Melissa if you have special dietary restrictions before April 14.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Melissa Libby at 207.581.2788 or 800.287.0274 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.