The relationship between Australian dairy companies and their domestic and international markets has been developed over years through close communication with customers and consistent delivery of safe quality dairy products.
Retail or ingredient customers within Australia and overseas apply rigorous buying specifications. Typical buying specifications include product specification, transport conditions and the buyers’ expectations of the quality assurance approach.
Competent authorities within Federal and State regulatory agencies underpin the national approach to food safety and quality.
The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Food Standards Code covers all food products either manufactured within Australia or imported. All manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and importers of food are required to have in place a written recall plan modelled upon the FSANZ Product Recall Protocol.
Under Australia’s export legislation and importing country requirements, the Department of Agriculture (DoA) is the competent authority for export inspection and certification. Export regulations cover many requirements including the importing country’s food safety requirements, product standards, biosecurity, quarantine standards and traceability.
Ongoing discussions occur between DoA, federal and state regulators as well as industry to ensure maximum harmonisation of export and domestic requirements. Industry and regulators have established a valuable co-regulatory approach.