2019 Dairy Crisis Drill


The PAMFES committee would like to encourage you to take advantage of an upcoming post-conference opportunity at the upcoming PAMFES meeting – a mini-crisis drill, brought to you by American Dairy Association North East, taking place Thursday, May 16, 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm in State College, Pa. The event will be held on the Penn State Campus at 107 Forest Resources Building University Park, PA .

This half-day session features an interactive crisis response exercise that tests decision-making and simulates impact across multiple levels of the dairy supply chain. Participants from across the supply chain will have the opportunity to test their organization’s crisis preparedness through a series of workshops and challenges around a fictional food safety crisis brought on by a chemical contaminant. Benefits of participating in the training include identifying opportunities to strengthen individual crisis plans, learning new skills to both prepare for and respond to a crisis, and building new relationships with other industry representatives.

Past participant Kerry Kaylegian says “ “The American Dairy Association Crisis Drill is an eye-opening experience! Last year I participated in their crisis drill with groups representing the farm, coop, processing plant, and grocery store using a scenario with a foodborne illness of unknown source and real-time social media. Problem solving and recall strategy needs happens at a much faster pace than I expected to ensure more people don’t get sick. I think everyone involved in the dairy industry should attend one of these drills – it gives you a new perspective on preparedness and public safety!” 

 At this event you will:

  • Join with other dairy industry leaders in analyzing food safety/contamination incidents, and how the industry can improve its crisis response around food safety if properly aligned.

  • Roll up your sleeves and practice your own crisis preparedness

  • Receive hands-on practice with crisis response

  • Leave with action steps to advance your organization’s level of crisis preparedness

Who should attend?

  • Dairy farmers

  • Supply chain representatives

  • Co-ops

  • Processors

  • Ingredient manufacturers/purchasers

  • Retail / restaurant / food service

  • Government liaisons

  • Both federal and state level (i.e. departments of agriculture, DHS, FDA)

  • Including veterinarians and trade/marketing associations

  • NGOs / other third-party organizations and advocates

For more information or to register, CLICK HERE visit this link, or contact Beth Meyer at 315.491.3892 or bmeyer@milk4u.org.