The Dairy Authority of South Australia is seeking comment from all stakeholders and interested parties on proposed changes to the Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) (Dairy Industry) Regulations 2005.
What is being decided?
The Dairy Authority of South Australia is an independent statutory authority operating under the Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) Act 2004 and the Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) (Dairy Industry) Regulations 2005 (the Regulations).
The prime functions of the Authority are to administer the dairy industry food safety scheme established by the Regulations and to monitor and enforce compliance by accredited dairy businesses with the national dairy food safety standard and the Regulations.
The Authority has undertaken a review of the Regulations in consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA), and is seeking your feedback. The proposed changes are to:
1. Require commercial milk producers that are producing products not for human consumption, where there is evidence of diversion for human consumption, such as bath milk or pet milk, to become accredited and pasteurise their milk.
2. Require all producers of milk to be accredited for any species producing milk, not just cows, buffalo, goats and sheep.
3. Require publication of the fees set by the Authority on the web and in the annual report.
4. Update the definition of transport so it is clear that the Authority only accredits transporters of raw milk, milk derivatives and unpackaged bulk dairy products.
5. Seek improved clarity in the Regulations regarding the requirements and exemptions for accreditation of raw goat’s milk.
6. Include a reference to milk broker within the interpretation of an accredited producer.
Download the draft regulations (PDF 125KB).
How can your input influence the decision?
It is anticipated that the proposed changes will further support public health and provide clarity to the South Australian Dairy Industry. The impacts as follows (to be read in conjunction with the 6 proposed changes):
- The impact on the public will be positive in reducing the potential risk of harm from the consumption of unpasteurised milk.
- The Authority would work closely with a new producer to assist them in developing and implementing appropriate food safety systems and practices as part of their accreditation. At this stage there is believed to be a limited number of producers that would become accredited.
- Also amend the Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) (Dairy Industry) Regulations 2005; ref. Schedule 1 – Application fees; Remove item 1 ‘Application for accreditation’ and associated fee $100. Most fees are already listed on the Authority website. Fees will be reviewed annually.
- The proposed amendment is to make it clear that the Authority only accredits transporters of raw milk and unpackaged bulk dairy products from producers to processors and between processors. This change will have no direct impact as it is an update to reflect the current situation of accreditation of transporters
- It is proposed to seek improved clarity in the Regulations so prospective raw goat milk businesses are able to easily identify their potential activities and obligations when reading the dairy food safety regulations.
- The Authority has recently approved a Milk Brokerage business who assumes responsibility for the collection of milk from a primary producer and delivery to a number of processors. In addition to requirement of being accredited, the milk broker also assumes the responsibility for the collection and payments of fees. The Authority seeks to capture this business model within the regulations.
Have your say
Response by the Dairy Authority of South Australia will be conducted via the online discussion or submissions in writing:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- fax: 08 8232 2463
- post: Brian Owens, Chief Executive Officer, Dairy Authority of South Australia, 33 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Feedback to all queries will be completed within 3 days of receipt. The consultation process is expected to be concluded Tuesday 28 February 2017.
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