Dairysafe has completed 38% more audits across the dairy supply chain in 2023 and the team has reported slightly improved compliance results.

At 18 October 2023, 250 audits had been completed, covering dairy farms, milk transport and dairy processor businesses, compared to 181 audits (year-to-date) in 2022. The SA dairy industry was predominantly compliant and maintained its high standards.

Looking across the 2022-2023 financial year period, Dairysafe completed 301 audits of dairy farms, dairy processors and dairy transporters. This compares to 261 across 2021-2022.

There were no critical non-conformances identified over that period, however, 29 major and five minor non-conformances were raised, compared to 29 major and 22 minor non-conformances in 2021-2022.

Although there were two recall incidents in 2022-2023, there were no foodborne illnesses associated with SA dairy products, no antibiotic residue in finished dairy products, and no dairy products with pathogens detected at the retail level.

Throughout 2022-2023, Dairysafe managed 48 incidents (compared to 38 in 2021-2022), with no negative outcomes. At the same time, seven complaints were effectively managed (eight in 2021-2022).

Current non-compliance trends in the processing sector illustrate additional focus is required for:

  • Good Hygiene Practices (GHP)
  • Cleaning and sanitation
  • Document control
  • Construction