Food Safety: Milk and Cheese Processing

Food Safety: Milk and Cheese Processing



because milk is a highly perishable product it needs to get from the cow to the customer as soon as possible this generally takes between two to three days at the farm the milk truck driver takes a sample of the product records the milk temperature and tracks how much milk comes from each farm raw milk arrives in insulated milk trucks at this processing plant maintaining a temperature of less than six degrees Celsius during the trip the milk receiving area is kept isolated from the rest of the processing plant to prevent any chance of cross-contamination certified milk receivers and lab technicians conduct many tests on incoming product only after staff in the lab review and approve the tests is the milk unloaded into stainless-steel storage silos equipped with cooling systems before staff step onto the processing floor they are fully equipped with food safety gear this includes a sanitary coat and hairnet and beard net if applicable staff are also required to wash their hands at hands-free washing stations whenever entering different processing areas throughout the plan processing in this plant is fully enclosed from the time the milk is received to the moment a consumer opens a carton dairy products are entirely sealed from the outside environment sterilized stainless steel pipes carry the milk throughout the entire plan automated cleaning systems are used on every surface that is exposed to milk at each stage of the process computers are communicating with each other and staff are monitoring the progress quality control tests are conducted at every stage of processing we test for antibiotics for traces of antibiotics we test temperature we test for off odor with a visual test prior to receiving we take sample from the each product is made through the process and at the end of the process to make sure let's say for our customers in the rare instance of a quality issue the plants quality control team could use the lock code to trace the milk in question to the load from which it was received this enables the processing team to quickly isolate the source of a potential problem our employees are three annually on our food safety food security and also a good manufacturer practices before the quality control team in this plan will release the finished product samples are tested to ensure quality all finished product samples are subjected to heat stress test where lab technicians will measure the stress samples for the presence of bacteria if there's one thing I would like customers know about milk they drink it is safe cheese is great food and it's good to eat for so many reasons it contains vitamins calcium protein minerals and saturated fats which are very good for us you can be confident that your milk is safe and quality assured so pour a glass with your next meal and enjoy the quality purity and great taste of Canadian milk

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