Food Safety Basics For Artisan Cheesemakers

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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

There is a two-step process to register for the course. First, you’ll need to created an account in the Reporter e-store. Next, you’ll need to create an account in the Moodle learning management system. If you have a discount code, you’ll be prompted to enter it in the Reporter e-store as you check out with your shopping cart. To get started with the registration process, click the red “Register” button above.




This course was developed by a collaborative group of food safety, cheese, and online learning experts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Connecticut, Cornell University, and NC State University.


The course is self-paced, which means you may begin, pause, continue, and finish the course at whatever schedule suits your needs. The course will remember where you when you left off. A certificate of completion will be made available as a PDF after you successfully complete each of the modules and quizzes.


$140 USD. 


Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a certificate of completion.

Target Audience

This course is intended for food safety novices who are engaged in the process of making and distributing cheese products.

Technology Requirements

Participants will need a computer with Internet access. The web browser, Google Chrome, is highly recommended because it is more compatible with the learning modules than certain other browsers. The course is NOT compatible with Internet Explorer.