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Welcome to the Safe Cheesemaking Hub! This is a compendium of food safety resources selected and organized to help cheesemakers easily find the information they need.
Penn State Extension Program has released the Cheese Tracking System. This tool, designed especially for small-scale cheesemakers, was funded by a grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The tool identifies measurable parameters and provides templates to monitor and record variation to help cheesemakers understand how changes in raw materials and processes impact the sensory characteristics, consistency, and quality of their cheese.
The Penn State Extension Cheese Tracking System The system consists of customizable documents and spreadsheets to record, track and evaluate data using Excel and Word templates for:
The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has created a number of Fact Sheets on topics related to safe cheesemaking, from the use of wood boards to raw milk. A full listing can be found below.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is a set of rulings that that seek to strengthen the food safety system. FSMA is comprised of 7 rules:
The Preventive Controls For Human Food (PCHF) is one component of the legislation, and can be found in 21 CFR 117, “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” (HARPC). The ruling outlines updated and revised requirements for current good manufacturing practice for human food (CGMPs), for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food (PCHF), and related requirements. For consistency across the industry, ACS shall be using PCHF in place of HARPC on this website as it is the preferred term.