Dairy Quality and Safety Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To promote the production and processing of safe, high quality dairy products and to develop program topics and symposia for presentation at the IAFP Annual Meetings.

Next Meeting

October 25, 2020
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland | Cleveland, Ohio

In conjunction with IAFP 2020

How to Join

Involvement in committees and professional development groups (PDGs) offers Members the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Members of committees and PDGs are the architects of the Association structure. They plan, develop and institute many of the Association's projects, including workshops, publications and educational sessions. Technical challenges facing the food safety industry are discussed, examined and debated. Members may volunteer to serve on any number of committees or PDGs that plan and implement activities to meet the Association's mission.

Membership on a PDG is voluntary (not by appointment) and may vary from year to year.

IAFP Members can manage their PDG involvement by logging in to the IAFP Web site. At the Member Dashboard, click “Edit Profile.” Your profile has two tabs: Contact Info and Professional Info. Select the Professional Info tab and update the PDGs you would like to participate in. We highly recommend that you contact the PDG chairperson for each group to let them know you have joined their PDG.

Non-members can contact Dina Siedenburg, dsiedenburg@foodprotection.org, for more information.


2019 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. None

2018 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. None.

2017 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. Approve the succession of Yvonne Masters and Nancy Huls to Chair and Vice Chair respectively.

    Board Response: Agree

  2. Approve the newly-elected Secretary Wendy McMahon.

    Board Response: Agree

  3. Consideration of implementing the IAFP Buddy Program universally (as an IAFP wide program), administrated and advertised by IAFP.

    Board Response: Please provide the program document used by the Dairy PDG in 2017 for Board review.

  4. Program Committee to formally or automatically notify PDG Chair and Vice Chair of any programming content submitted and/or accepted by the Committee for the following year.

    Board Response: Chairs and Vice Chairs are encouraged to follow up with the submitters of session proposals to determine whether the submission was accepted or not.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. None

2015 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. Approve the succession of Dawn Terrell and Yvonne Masters to Chair and Vice Chair respectively.

    Board Response: Approved.

  2. Recommend that the Board approve the newly-elected co-vice chair/secretary Nancy Eggink.

    Board Response: Approved.

  3. Provide the ability to go into IAFP website member profile to choose which PDG that the member wants to be in or opt out of the PDG distribution list.

    Board Response: IAFP staff will look into making these changes.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. Have Sanitary Design PDG and 3-A Committee meet at times that do not conflict with Dairy Quality and Safety PDG. Consider having Sanitation and Hygiene, 3-A Committee, Equipment and Facility Hygienic Design and Dairy Quality and Safety PDGs meeting in consecutive sessions.

    Board Response: Efforts will be made to accommodate these requests.



  • Secure Milk Supply Plan: Dairy Industry Survival Strategies to Manage a Raw Milk Supply Crisis

    While foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is not a public health issue, the disease’s economic, social and psychological impact on producers of cloven-hooved food animals and also on consumers would be catastrophic; and the negative effects on all components of the dairy production and consumption chain would persist for many years.

    The multi-billion-dollar U.S. dairy industry recognizes the need to maintain a strategic plan to address business continuity issues, supply-chain concerns, along with real and perceived food safety and public health implications should a serious animal health emergency, such as an outbreak of FMD, occur.

    This webinar showcases the Secure Milk Supply Plan (http://securemilksupply.org), a collaborative stakeholder initiative underway by the dairy industry to minimize the risks of, prepare for, and swiftly and efficiently deal with any possible supply chain crises, especially those that might arise from intentional biological contamination.

    Organized by the Dairy Safety and Quality PDG


    • Danelle Bickett-Weddle Assoc. Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University
  • Control of Pathogens in Wet and Dry Dairy Product Processing Equipment and Environments

    This webinar describes the microbiological risks associated with dry and high moisture dairy foods, the impact of enhanced surveillance on the food industry in general, and highlight the importance of environmental cross contamination to dairy processing equipment and products. A number of practical examples (as illustrations and as plant photos) of where microbes can become entrapped grow and contaminate foods from the plant environment and equipment will be provided. Practical suggestions for microbiological monitoring and control will be provided.

    Organized by the Dairy Quality & Safety PDG


    • Dr. Jeff Kornacki President and Senior Technical Director, Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc.