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Download free templates and forms for all phases of food safety planning including facility registration, HACCP/HARPC, documentation, recordkeeping, crisis preparedness, and compliance.


Download free templates and forms for all phases of food safety planning for compliance with the FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule (PCHF), including facility registration, recordkeeping, and crisis preparedness.  

Penn State Extension: Food Safety Plans for Small-Scale Cheesemakers

Penn State Extension: Tools for Cheese Quality

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:

  • Milk composition and quality
  • The cheesemaking process
  • Processing after the initial cheese make day
  • Cheese chemical composition
  • Cheese sensory characteristics

Teaching Example: Food Safety Plan for Pepper Jack Cheese

Brine Management Template

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Food Safety Plan Templates

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is an alliance of industry, academic and government stakeholders whose mission is to support safe food production through the development of a nationwide core curriculum. They also have a range of training and outreach programs to assist companies producing human and animal food become compliance with the preventive controls regulations in FSMA.

FSMA-Compliant Templates

Cornell Dairy Extension Templates

Templates for record keeping and documentation of food safety procedures. 

Crisis Preparedness and Response Plans

Dairy Plant and Supply Chain Resources

HARPC vs. PCHF? What's the difference?

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:

  • Accredited Third-Party Certification Rule
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals Rule
  • Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration Rule
  • Preventive Controls for Food for Animals Rule
  • Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule
  • Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule
  • Standards for Produce Safety Rule

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.