We commit to providing nutritious, safe, quality dairy food
Our challenge and opportunity
An increasingly overweight population, many of whom don’t consume the recommended level of milk and cheese for good health means there’s an opportunity to educate the consumer about the nutritional value of dairy products.
The dairy industry must address new food safety targets in accordance with an increasing focus on the responsibility of food producers.
|Commitment goals and performance results from 2018
|All dairy products and ingredients sold are safe|
|Improve health outcomes for Australians|
|For full details, download the report
For emerging issues and 2030 targets, see overview
Goal - ALL DAIRY PRODUCTS AND INGREDIENTS SOLD ARE SAFE
Consumers take food safety for granted, and meting this expectation is essential in maintaining human health and wellbeing, as well as the reputation of the dairy industry.
How we performed in 2017/18:
- Zero non-compliant chemical residues were found during the AMRA survey.
- In the Dairy Trust Tracker 2018, 81% of consumers agreed that Australia produces safe dairy products (up from 70% in 2017).
This table shows our year-on-year progress for Goal 5 against our 2020 targets:
The Food Safety Culture Maturity Model helps businesses assess how mature they are in terms of food safety culture.
- The model will consider elements including employee behaviour, adaptability level of the business, and consistency of standards and procedures.
- The model is also expected to deliver performance data at the industry level, providing additional assurance against standards for both domestic and export markets
These initiatives are driving change in food safety.
|Australian Milk Residue Analysis (AMRA) survey||This annual survey tests for chemicals and other contaminants in milk.|
|Package Assisting Small Exporters PASE program||The Federal Government’s Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) assists small to medium dairy enterprises embed food safety culture.|
|Dairy Manufacturing Resource Centre||A range of resources on the Dairy Australia website to assist dairy companies learn more about food safety, manufacturing, exports and technology.|
|Food Safety Culture Maturity Model||Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV) is developing a model for assessing food safety culture performance across the dairy industry.|
|FSANZ Food Safety Culture Hub
||Information on prioritising food safety culture in food businesses, with a particular focus on SMEs.
The dairy industry’s approach to health and nutrition sustainability is informed by the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
How we performed in 2017/18:
- The Dairy Trust Tracker survey revealed 78% of individuals agree dairy foods are essential for good health and wellbeing
- NHMRC Australian Dietary Guidelines continue to recommend milk, cheese and yogurt as part of a healthy diet
This table shows our year-on-year progress for Goal 6 against 2020 targets:
Science-based evidence funded in part by Dairy Australia, dispels the myth of dairy compromising cardiovascular health.
- Clinical trials demonstrate that cheese does not have the harmful effects that are often predicted on measures such as blood cholesterol, blood pressure and body weight.
These initiatives are driving change to health in Australian communities.
Encouraging good nutrition
Dairy Australia has developed a communications strategy to address public concerns and expectations of the dairy industry and nutrition.
Dairy’s place in low GHG emissions diets
The dairy industry has commissioned CSIRO research to investigate the place of dairy in higher quality / lower GHG emission diets in Australia.
Aged care fracture trial
A study funded by Dairy Australia and other dairy organisations around the world and published in British Journal of Nutrition last year, reported that the recommended amount of dairy foods in the diet may reduce malnutrition risk in institutionalised elderly.
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