Best Practices in Food Safety for Dairy Processors


Duration:60 minutes


Food safety-related recalls not only are costly, but also can wreak havoc on a brand’s reputation. It’s critical, therefore, that dairy processors have solid food safety plans and practices in place to prevent such recalls — and to meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

This webinar will discuss how dairy processors could build a “culture of food safety” within their organizations. It will also outline steps they could take to enhance in-plant pathogen control.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand management’s role in building a foundation of food safety so processes and growth do not set up an organization for failure.
  • Learn how to prioritize food safety over sales and marketing.
  • Find out ways to enhance pathogen control within the dairy processing plant.


David Kedzierski

VP Food Safety

Agri-Mark, Inc.

Vice President, Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs
Agri-Mark, Inc

Employed by Agri-Mark, Inc. since February 2012. Prior to current role, Served as Director, Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs and Director, Food & Dairy Technology.

Agri-Mark representative on food safety and technical matters at the national level with Dairy Innovation Center, IDFA, National Milk, 3-A SSI, and ADPI. Serves as a member of the IDFA Regulatory Committee, National Milk Regulatory Committees, ADPI Technical Committee, 3A SSI, Inc. BOD member, and food safety subject matter expert for dairy product conferences, workshops, and events. Currently serving as industry lead for the Dairy Innovation Center in writing the comprehensive Pathogen Guidance Document.

Has 26+ Years of Dairy Processing Management experience to include roles of Plant Manager, Corporate Quality Manager, Cheese Production Manager, and Facility QA Manager.

Earned Bachelor’s Degree, Biology from the University Wisconsin – Eau Claire as well as an MBA from Liberty University.

Heather Draper

The Ice Cream Club®

Heather has served as Director of The Ice Cream Club®, headquartered in Boynton Beach, Florida since 2008. Prior to joining The Ice Cream Club® she spent 20 years in the banking industry. She worked her way up the ranks to serving as the South Florida President of Mercantile Bank (now part of TD Bank). Since joining the dairy industry she has become actively involved in International Dairy Foods Association, All Star Dairy Association and National Ice Cream Retailers Association. Heather serves on the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) Ice Cream Board and the Political Action Committee (PAC) having served as the 2016 IDFA PAC Chair.

Rich Draper


The Ice Cream Club, Inc

CEO and Co-Founder
The Ice Cream Club®

Rich Draper is CEO and Co-founder of The Ice Cream Club, Inc. headquartered in Boynton Beach, FL. Starting in 1982 with a single ice cream scoop shop, The Ice Cream Club, Inc. has steadily grown to become the leading Regional Manufacturer and Distributor of premium ice cream and related products to food service accounts throughout the Southeastern United States and Caribbean Islands. The Ice Cream Club, Inc. supplies over 650 ice cream shops, high-end restaurants, resorts and retirement communities. Pints of their premium ice cream are available direct to the customer via ecommerce.

Rich serves on the International Dairy Foods Association Executive Council and is the Vice Chairman of the International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Board. In addition, he is the Chairman of All Star Purchasing. He is past Chairman of the National Ice Cream Retailers Association, Suppliers Division.


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