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New Sanitation Course Offered Online for Farmstead Dairies
DEC. 17, 2004--A new online General Sanitation course for farmstead dairies
will be offered by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for six weeks
starting Feb. 7, 2005.
This short course will help participants understand the uniqueness of
their food processing establishment to help ensure that proper sanitation
programs are conducted in the facility. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
provided funding for initial development of the course.
The course is taught by Ranee May, an instructor in the UW-RF department
of animal and food science, who manages the UW-RF Dairy Pilot Plant. She
has offered the short courses to small dairy producers for 15 years through
traditional classroom instruction. In addition, May has extensive experience
providing custom training to dairy companies in the upper Midwest as well
as individualized programs for international groups.
The online course will cover the same material in a traditional course,
but in a more flexible format. Participants work at their own pace and
complete the coursework as their time and schedule permits. Participants
will need an Internet connection, a web browser and an e-mail address.
Students will communicate with the instructor and each other through e-mail
and/or discussion boards.
Participants will develop a comprehensive Standard Sanitation Operating
Procedures paper, called an SSOP. The SSOP enhances Good Manufacturing
Program practices, and both are considered prerequisites for a Hazard
Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) System. When sanitation programs
are in place, HACCP can be more effective because it can concentrate on
the hazards associated with the food or processing rather than the plant
After completing the course, participants will be able to define technical
terms and explain their relationship to sanitation; find and interpret
pertinent literature regarding sanitation; critique situations and make
suggested corrections; and design an SSOP for their processing establishment.
The General Sanitation course is being offered to meet the needs of the
growing numbers of dairy artisan producers across the state. The course
may be used as the continuing education component necessary for Wisconsin
licensure and certification programs. A certificate of completion will
be issued at the end of the course.
UW-RF also offers three of the five basic courses required for the Wisconsin
Cheesemaker’s license and approved by the Department of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection, including the Basic Cheesemaker’s
Short Course, the Pasteurization Short Course for Operators, and Producing
Safe Dairy Products.
To register for the course or for more information other dairy short courses,
please contact Ranee May at 715-425-3704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the General Sanitation course is required by Feb. 1,
2005; cost is $250.
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