Regulation Update

The Dairy Authority has commenced the process of assessing the Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) (Dairy Regulations) 2005.

It is normal practice to assess the relevance of regulations from time to time. The dairy industry is changing quite rapidly and so we need to keep the regulations relevant to the industry structure and to consumer interests related to dairy products.

A process of discussion with industry and with relevant Government departments has commenced. There will be an opportunity for community consultation during this process.

If you wish to make any comment on these proposals, please contact the Dairy Authority on 0882232277 or admin@daosa.net.au

The significant changes being considered are:

  1. Including the definitions of who has to be accredited in the regulations, rather than referring to the definitions in Food Standards Australia and New Zealand standard 4.2.4.
  2. Including the products which are considered dairy products for the purposes of the regulations, rather than referring to FSANZ 4.2.4.
  3. The addition of three products to the list of dairy products. these are soft serve, dairy desserts and gelato.
  4. The broadening of the scope of animals covered from cows, buffalo, goats and sheep to include all animals being milked for commercial purposes.
  5. The inclusion of the exemption for raw goat milk to be added to these regulations. This exemption is currently in the SA Food Regulations. Including it in these regulations is to ensure that the information relating to milk production and processing can be accessed from the one document.
  6. The inclusion of exemptions from certain clauses in FSANZ 4.2.4 (particularly clause 15 which requires pasteurisation) where it can be demonstrated that the milk is being used for a purpose which will not impact on human health.
  7. The removal of a number of redundant clauses.

These changes will not affect most people currently in the industry. However they will clarify who needs to be accredited and what products are covered by accreditation. They also clarify the availability of exemptions for some types of production.

The broadened range of species is to ensure that regardless of which species produces the milk, the standards for sale will be the same.