Food Safety Basics for Artisan Cheesemakers

Food Safety Basics for Artisan Cheesemakers

This online course was developed to assist artisan and farmstead cheese-makers in developing their food safety programs and complying with food safety regulations and standards. It was developed by a collaborative group of food safety and cheese experts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Connecticut, Cornell University, and NC State University. This course is intended to equip artisan and farmstead cheese-makers with basic knowledge about food safety concepts and serve as a primer for further training programs such as how to develop and implement a preventive controls food safety management plan. The course begins with a welcome letter and orientation to online learning. There is a series of five lessons, each of which consists of an interactive learning module with professional voiceover, video, and an accompanying quiz:

Lesson 1: Importance of Food Safety

Lesson 2: Regulations and Standards

Lesson 3: Food Safety Hazards

Lesson 4: Good Manufacturing Practices and Process Controls

Lesson 5: Environmental Pathogen Monitoring and Testing

The cost of developing this course was funded by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

Registration Process

  1. Click the “Register” button above (it will take you to a new webpage).
  2. Click “Add to Cart.”
  3. Select “Proceed to Cart.”
  4. Click “Log in to Continue Order.”
  5. Log in using a guest account, not a UNITY ID account unless you are an NC State University employee. If you already have a Reporter account, click “Brickyard Guest Login.” If not, click “No Account? Sign up here.”
  6. Follow the prompts to purchase the course. After completing these steps, you’ll receive instructions on how to access the online course in the Moodle Learning Management system.
  7. To access the course, log in to and click “Access Online Course.”