Why are our dairy products so safe?
In Victoria, dairy manufacturers must meet the requirements of national food safety standards established to protect the health and safety of consumers. These are published as the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Under the Food Standards Code, dairy manufacturers are required to put in place food safety programs to assure the safety of their final products.
These programs are based on a scientific assessment of the potential hazards associated with a dairy product and the identification of control measures designed to eliminate those hazards. Manufacturers then put in place monitoring programs to ensure the control measures are working effectively, thereby minimising food safety risks.
In Victoria, Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV) is responsible for regulating the dairy industry to ensure the standards are maintained.
Food safety programs are reviewed, approved and regularly audited by DFSV authorised officers.