ACS Food Safety Statement

    ACS FOOD SAFETY STATEMENT

    The American Cheese Society (ACS) values food safety, and we believe that our members craft the most wholesome, delicious, and safe cheeses around.  Given the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) growing scrutiny of food safety, and ACS’s role as an industry leader, we strive to ensure that our members are ahead of the curve on any regulatory changes.  We encourage our members to adhere to the best practices and highest standards of cheesemaking.

    To that end, ACS requires that you mark a box in your online company profile or on your paper entry form stating that your facility has practices and procedures in place to ensure your products fall within the current pathogen levels regulated by the FDA Compliance Program for Foodborne Biological Hazards (Domestic and Imported Cheese and Cheese Products) as follows:

    Products must be free of:

    • Listeria monocytogenes
    • Salmonella
    • Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), including O157:H7

    Additionally, the following must be met :

    • Escherichia coli (E. coli): not to exceed 1×104 CFU/gram
    • Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC): not to exceed 1×103 CFU/gram
    • Staphylococcus aureus: not to exceed 104 or greater CFU/gram; toxin test must be negative

    Full Compliance Regulations can be found online at:

    http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/ComplianceEnforcement/FoodCompliancePrograms/UCM456592.pdf