To help new and experienced food safety and quality control professionals stay on top of good laboratory practices and techniques, IDFA is joining with Chestnut Labs to offer its popular “Hands-On Microbiological Testing, Food Safety and Laboratory Best Practices” course November 7-9 in Springfield, Missouri.

Conducted over three days, the course will integrate classroom presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities in a working laboratory setting to teach proper techniques, utilizing modern testing methodologies commonly used in the dairy industry.

“IDFA and Chestnut Labs developed this course to allow dairy professionals to hone critical dairy food safety and quality testing skills in a real-world lab experience,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards. “This course is not only extremely valuable to those new to the industry, but, as we’ve heard from numerous past participants, it can also be a great refresher course for those who have been on the job for many years.”

Designed for quality assurance staff, lab personnel, microbiology technicians and other food safety professionals, the course will help attendees:

  • Understand basic food microbiology, including common terminology and factors affecting microbial growth and survival in a dairy plant;
  • Control pathogens of concern, based on manufacturing environments;
  • Properly interpret and utilize Certificates of Analysis (COAs);
  • Comply with Food Safety Modernization Act regulations; and
  • Use pathogen environmental monitoring (PEM) principles to design a robust PEM program.

Attendees will also learn techniques for proper plating, reading and interpreting common indicator microorganisms, preventing common mistakes in microbiological testing, choosing correct test methods and performing internal lab audits.

Dairy professionals with food safety responsibilities, including quality assurance and control, sanitation, maintenance and operations, are encouraged to attend.

Registration for the course is now open.

For more information, contact Allan at

Chestnut Labs is a leading ISO 17025 accredited Food Safety Solutions provider. These solutions assist customers with meeting the demands of the changing regulatory environment, as well as customer expectations. Microbiology, Chemistry, Research, Training, Auditing and Consulting are all a part of the Food Safety Solutions portfolio of services. We are dedicated to providing our clients with tailored, timely and accurate services to solve today’s challenges.

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