Dairysafe’s new training course, ‘Managing Notifiable Contaminants in Dairy’, represents a positive step in understanding, preventing, managing and responding to three main contaminants found in dairy: E. coli, Listeria, and Staphylococcus aureus.

The target audience for this course includes supervisors, managers and owners who are responsible for processing operations and food safety outcomes. The course content is based on trends observed in notifiable contaminants over the past few years and the nature of incidents reported.

The development of the training course is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. Before its official launch, the course will undergo testing and review by the project’s industry reference panel to gather feedback and ensure its effectiveness.

The official rollout is planned for the end of June. The course will be uploaded onto Dairysafe’s training platform and linked to the organisation’s website. Upon completion of the course, individuals will receive a certificate as proof of their achievement.

Direct communication with each accredited South Australian dairy processor is planned to ensure uptake of the training course. Dairysafe is also collaborating with the Dairy Industry Association of Australia (SA Branch) to explore additional avenues for promoting the training among dairy processors.

To gauge its impact and effectiveness, analytics will be reviewed, and feedback will be actively sought from participants. Furthermore, Dairysafe plans to develop case studies based on processors’ experiences, which will be shared through its e-news to further promote the training.

Additionally, Dairysafe is keen on collaborating with national industry and government partners to recommend and endorse the training, thereby extending its reach beyond South Australia and ensuring its adoption on a broader scale within the dairy industry.