Promoting the improvement of dairy quality and safety

in the interest of the dairy industry and the consumer

statutory projects

10. Development of Guideline Documentation

To develop supportive dairy technical guideline documentation (in conjunction with the organised industry) that serves as valuable tools for the development and production of dairy products that complies with legal standards.

To provide documentation that assists with the implementation of proactive and reactive measures in an attempt to limit substandard dairy products in the retail market.

To provide industry-specific documentation that is user-friendly and adds value during the presentation of DSA information and educational sessions and workshops.

It is important that in terms of remedial action plans, information be communicated to the relevant role- players in the dairy industry. This can be achieved through making available a variety of guideline documents in order to convey important technical information regarding food safety and quality.

Development of guideline documentation that assists with the implementation of food safety management systems on producers and processors level as well as the continual improvement of food safety (dairy) and quality in the retail. The aim of the project goal is to develop and make available hands-on documents that can be practically implemented as part of a food safety and quality program. To achieve the full potential of this project goal, the DSA considers it essential, where applicable, to consult with the respective role players such as MPO, SAMPRO and other stakeholders regarding documentation development in the best interest of the industry and the consumer.

The Codes of Practice which facilitates the food safety and quality improvement in terms of legal compliance forms the backbone for the food safety programs of DSA. The Codes of Practice addresses the requirements for a food safety program at milk production, milk collection at farm level to processing/manufacturing and final product distribution. This Code of Practice for Milk Producers (2012) and Code of Practice for the Secondary industry (2015) are currently widely used. In addition to the above codes, attention is to be given to the upgrade of the current DSA Trouble Shooting Guidelines for Milk producers and processors as well as the Retail bulk milk guidelines and the Laboratory Implementation Guideline which is focused on the establishment of an on-site laboratory in a dairy establishment as well as the implementation appropriate in-house test methods. The latter document could not be completed in 2016 due to expected change in legislation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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