Food Defense & FSPCA Vulnerability Assessment Training

Event Date

Tuesday, October 19 -
Thursday, October 21

Event Time

7:00 am - 12:00 pm


ZOOM - Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
8418 Excelsior Dr.
Madison, WI 53717

Contact Information

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Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin will host a regional workshop entitled “Food Defense Training”. The Food Safety Modernization Act (passed in 2011), also known as FSMA, requires industry to protect the food system from intentional adulteration intended to cause wide-scale public health harm. Food companies must identify vulnerabilities in their facilities that could allow intentional introduction of adulterants. Food companies must also create a food defense plan to prevent or mitigate those vulnerabilities.

Food defense planning and training is essential to brand protection in today’s risk environment. It is imperative that all food industry employees know the chain of command and, specifically, who to contact and inform should they notice something unusual or out of the ordinary. This “See Something Say Something” approach should become an integral part of any food defense plan and culture.

Course Overview

There are two parts to this training:
  • Food Defense Training:
    • Food Defense Awareness
    • Vulnerability Assessment Template
    • Access to FoodShield
    • Development of a Food Defense Plant
    • Food Defense Resources
  • FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Training
    • Meets training requirements per the IA Rule for individuals conducting or overseeing the conduct of vulnerability assessments. 
During this three-day, real-time, virtual course, participants will focus on the food defense activities and documentation that support the development and implementation of a preventive controls Food Defense Plan. The course will provide participants with the knowledge that is needed to create and/or refine a Food Defense Plan to ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines.

The course, offered through Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin in conjunction with the Food Protection and Defense Institute, focuses on practical skills that can be applied to your facility. Your instructors for this course will be Amy Kircher and Jennifer van de Ligt, with Adam Brock from Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin providing support from a dairy industry perspective.
Course Prerequisites

A solid understanding of food plant operations is required for this course. Basic training in HACCP is required. PCQI training is highly recommended, but not required. A copy of your HACCP certificate must be sent to prior to the start of the course.

Learning Assessment

Learning will be assessed throughout the duration of the course so participation is mandatory. 

Continuing Education Credits

There are no formal CEUs for this course. Attendance and successful completion of the course could be applied to numerous professional certifications from organizations such as the American Society for Quality, American Cheese Society, Institute of Food Technologists, and Research Chefs Association.

Course Details
This course is scheduled to be offered in a virtual format the week of October 18. This three (3.0) day course, sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, is open to all Wisconsin cheese and dairy companies. Attendance will be limited to the first 20 registrants, so please register early. The course will begin at 7 AM and end no later than 12 PM. Course instruction will take place via Zoom. Once you are fully registered, you will be provided a link for the course. The virtual course fee is $300 and will cover all registration and materials. The course will run as follows:
  • Tuesday – October 19 – 7:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM – Food Defense Training/ FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Training
  • Wednesday – October 20 – 7:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM – FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Training
  • Thursday – October 21 – 7:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM – FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Training
We look forward to your attendance and participation as we work to ensure Wisconsin continues to be a leader in dairy food safety!


(Please submit a new registration form for each attendee)

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