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The Center for Dairy Research offers a number of outreach services to assist your company in your safety and quality efforts. These services include third party audits including GFSI, assistance with troubleshooting, crisis management, reviews of GMP, quality assurance and quality control programs as well as assistance through regulator liaison roles.

In addition to the basic outreach efforts, the program can also provide assistance to your company in regards to grading, analyzing defects in cheese and butter as well as assistance in butter manufacturing practices. Safety and Quality Program Coordinator, Alex O'Brien, primarily works with Wisconsin-based companies but can work out of state upon request.

Safety & Quality Short Courses

Food Safety Workshop (HACCP)
Food Safety (HACCP) is a one-day hands-on workshop designed to cover an introduction to HACCP in a plant setting.

Dairy Food Fraud Workshop
This course is designed to introduce dairy manufacturers and dairy industry-adjacent manufacturers to the concept of food fraud.

Advanced Preventative Controls
This course is meant for Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals looking for more explanation and detail on the 4 Major Preventive Controls of Process, Allergen, Supply-Chain and Sanitation.

View CDR Short Courses

Safety & Quality Services

Approved Whole Foods auditor, Certified Food Safety and Quality Auditor through ASQ

Customized Food Safety Training
HACCP, PCQI, Sanitation

HACCP/Food Safety Plan Validations

For more information, contact Alex O'Brien.

Dairy Food Safety Alliance

The Dairy Food Safety Alliance provides information and resources such as safety templates. For more information, visit the Dairy Food Safety Alliance website.

Resources, Articles, Videos and Helpful Tools

Foreign Material Prevention

CDR Safety & Quality Coordinator Alex O'Brien covers important topics like detecting and separating equipment. Read Article (PDF)

Controlling the Risk of Allergens in Dairy Processing

CDR Safety & Quality Coordinator Alex O'Brien writes about tips and strategies to control allergens in the dairy plant. Read Article (PDF)

Wisconsin Pasteurizer Broken Seal Process

This article includes links to key documents and contacts to assist with the process of properly reporting a pasteurizer broken seal. Read Article (PDF)

Cheese Thermization App

Developed by the Food Research Institute, the Cheese Thermization App allows the user to determine the milk hold time and temperature necessary for log-reductions of 2 foodborne pathogens pertinent to cheeses made with unpasteurized bovine milk. View the Cheese Thermization App.

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®

Dairy's Focus on Food Safety Website

Videos and Short Informational Clips


Alex O'Brien

Dairy Safety & Quality Coordinator