DFSV Code of Practice revoked
The DFSV Code of Practice for Dairy Food Safety has outlined the framework for regulation of food safety in the Victorian dairy industry since September 2002.
Since this time major changes have occurred in the food regulatory landscape and a recent review found that, in addition to referencing out of date and superseded requirements, all regulatory requirements currently outlined in the Code of Practice duplicate requirements in legislation.
Specifically, many of the requirements of the Code of Practice are now covered by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code through the introduction in 2008 of Standard 4.2.4 – Primary Production and Processing Standard for Dairy Products.
In line with Victorian Government policy to remove unnecessary regulatory duplication, the DFSV Board sought the approval of the Minister for Agriculture to revoke the Code of Practice.
On 18 October Minister Pulford approved the revocation, which will take effect from publication of the notice in the Government Gazette on 28 December 2017.
There will be no changes to the regulatory requirements of DFSV farmer, manufacturer and carrier licensees, or to compliance and enforcement arrangements for DFSV. However, there will be a small reduction in the regulatory burden on distributors as they will no longer be required by regulation to have a documented food safety program. Licensed dairy distributors will, however, be required to keep records with respect to temperature controls and product traceability.
DFSV is developing a Dairy licence handbook, which explains what regulations each type of dairy business is required to meet, and additional resources to provide guidance to licence holders to support compliance with the regulatory requirements.