Did you know you could be out of pocket if you make a late cancellation of your food safety audit?

Dairysafe has a legal obligation to accredit dairy farmers, processors and transporters, to approve food safety arrangements that apply to accredited businesses and to monitor compliance with audits, assessment, inspection and testing.

All dairy businesses in South Australia have an obligation to comply with the legal requirements that apply to their business, including allowing an approved auditor to perform an audit of your food safety arrangement, even without notice. However, most audits are pre-arranged.

Audit arrangements are made by phone, email or text by a Dairysafe approved auditor. Confirmation of audit date and time is required prior to scheduling the audit. The audit is then conducted by one of our staff or a contractor.

The accredited operator does not need to be present if a company representative is able to complete the audit.

Cancelling audits

If an audit is cancelled, there is a cost to Dairysafe. It means downtime and cost for the auditor who charges Dairysafe for this time and expenses.

Dairysafe recently advised businesses that costs of cancelled audits will now be passed onto the accredited dairy business.

The current rate for a cancelled audit is:

  1. Audits cancelled within one week of the notified audit date will incur a change equal to 25% of the audit, i.e., $78 for a farm, $125 for a half day audit and $250 for a full day audit.
  2. Audits cancelled within one day of the notified audit date, or no shows on the day, incur a range equal to 505 of the audit cost, i.e., $157 for a farm, $250 for a half day audit and $500 for a full day audit.

“Dairysafe is funded through accreditation fees paid by South Australian dairy businesses. We are obliged to be responsible with how those funds are used,” said Geoff Raven, Dairysafe CEO.

“Our ultimate objective is to protect consumers and the integrity of the dairy industry. We sincerely welcome any feedback that delivers the best outcome for the industry and its consumers.”