COVID-19 and dairy food safety

23 September 2020

As COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to ease in regional Victoria, dairy businesses are reminded to remain vigilant in maintaining social distancing and ill worker exclusion policies, as well as environmental hygiene. The following advice continues to be relevant to all dairy businesses.

 There is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through food

In order to continue to produce safe food and maintain a reliable food supply, it is important that dairy manufacturers:


Further information on COVID-19

COVID-19 and food safety


World Health Organisation



Managing COVID-19 in the workplace - information for businesses

Victorian DHHS

Worksafe Victoria


Hygiene and coronavirus

Australian Government Department of Health website


Social distancing


Australian Government Department of Health website


General dairy industry advice

Dairy Australia

What happens if a staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19?

In most situations, employers (and self-employed) are now required to notify Worksafe Victoria immediately when a worker tests positive for COVID-19. Please refer to the Worksafe Victoria website to understand your obligations to report positive cases of COVID-19 in your workplace.

Safe Work Australia provide information on what to do if a worker has COVID-19.

The Dairy Australia COVID-19 Directory also provides good information on what to do when an employee tests positive for COVID-19.

Food safety audits and regulatory activities

DFSV is required to undertake ongoing compliance verification audits to ensure food safety regulatory requirements are upheld. These will continue.

Please contact your Food Safety Manager if you expect difficulties with being able to undertake an onsite audit due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Dairy farms and COVID-19

DFSV is currently working with third-party contract auditors and dairy manufacturers to maintain verification audit activities of food safety systems in place on licenced dairy farms in accordance with Victorian government directions. As such, audits may be undertaken via a remote means in place of a physical site visit until such guidance is revised. If you have further questions regarding this, please contact DFSV.

Dairy Australia also has useful information for the broader dairy industry including farms.

Guide to deep cleaning for the dairy industry

Deep cleaning in response to COVID-19 exposure

Remember that you can contact DFSV staff directly with particular queries, or via the information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.