Ensuring that Australian food safety standards are complied with at each point of the production process is a key focus for Dairysafe. We do this by accrediting dairy farmers, raw milk transporters and dairy product processors, and auditing them regularly against the standards. 

A valuable outcome of Dairysafe’s audit program is identification of non-conformance trends and where we need to focus our communication, technical and compliance activities.

Have a look below at the main trending non-conformances and review how you fare in your business.

Throughout 2018, the trending non-conformance areas for dairy farms included:

  • Milk cooling rate;
  • Milking equipment maintenance;
  • Vendor declarations;
  • Chemical management; and
  • Milk temperature monitoring.

The trending non-conformance areas for processors included:

  • Product testing and results;
  • Internal audits;
  • Listeria monitoring;
  • Potable water test;
  • Recall arrangements; and
  • Receival temperature/records.

The trending non-conformance areas for transporters included:

  • Maintenance; and
  • CIP procedures.

“Dairysafe is focused on reducing non-conformance in these areas in 2019 through developing technical support material and industry workshops, such as a focus on micro testing. We’ll be continuing to apply and follow-up corrective action by communicating trends and issues to industry through our e-news and Industry Bulletins, and through a continued focus at audit,” said Geoff Raven, Dairysafe CEO.

Dairysafe has created a range of graphs showing non-conformance areas and trends for each sector for 2018. We’ll include a summary of these results and trends in our annual review mailout to you in May.  In the meantime, if you would like to see the graphs sooner, please email Geoff Raven at geoff.raven@dairy-safe.com.au.