Dairysafe is creating three training programs for dairy processors, each dedicated to a specific notifiable contaminant that has been identified through routine company product and environmental sampling.

These programs aim to provide modern, engaging and high-quality training content to you and your technical/supervising staff, focusing on trends in notifiable incidents and recalls in South Australia.

The three notifiable contaminants are E.coli, Listeria, and Staphylococcus aureus. Each of the three programs consists of a small number of training modules.

Program 1 is focused on E.coli:

  • Module 1 – What to do when you receive a positive test result
  • Module 2 – The importance of thermal processing
  • Module 3 – Identifying the source of contamination
  • Module 4 – Personal hygiene
  • Module 5 – What to do when a positive result is obtained

Program 2 is focused on Listeria:

  • Module 1 – Understanding Listeria and its outbreaks
  • Module 2 – How L. mono grows and what can be done to prevent it
  • Module 3 – Deciding whether or not to recall a product that tests positive for L. mono
  • Module 4 – Managing L. mono in your dairy plant

Program 3 is focused on S. aureus:

  • Module 1 – An introduction to Staphylococcus aureus and its outbreaks
  • Module 2 – The growth and death of ‘Golden Staph’
  • Module 3 – How to prevent high CPS counts

“The overall objective of these three programs is to demonstrate how contaminants enter the plant, how they can multiply and be detected in final products, and how to identify, investigate, and resolve the issue,” said Geoff Raven, CEO of Dairysafe.

“Each program will take 20-25 minutes to complete, and each script has been tested with our industry reference panel. Our appointed production company has recorded video footage at several processing plants, and we’re ready to commence post-production works.”

In addition to the training programs, background material is being developed to support each program. The training programs and background material will be finalised before 30 June 2024.

Dairysafe thanks the South Australian Government for assistance with funding for the training program.