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Read about pre farm food safety regulation and potential risks to dairy food safety.

Pre-farm regulation

Potential risks to food safety and product integrity from initial inputs such as feed, livestock, fertilisers, water and chemicals are assessed by government and national industry agencies on an ongoing basis.

The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) determines the types of chemicals that can be used for the production of stockfeed and veterinary chemicals used for treatment of animals plus the recommended withholding periods after treatment.

Vendor declarations providing background information must be supplied with stockfeed consignments and animals sourced from on off farm.

Stockfeed and grains industries have HACCP based accredited QA programs to ensure the feed is safe for use by dairy animals.

Electronic ear tags used to identify all animals on the farm provide a key tool for traceability of animals from birth to death or slaughter. The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) provides the framework for the identification of Australian livestock.

State legislation ensures that fertilisers are appropriately labelled and maximum limits are set for elements that may pose a risk to agriculture.

Farm Food Safety programs must ensure water supplies are suitable to protect animal health and prevent contamination of milk.

Environmental Protection Authorities (EPAs) regulate the disposal of farm effluent on farm.

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