DA finalizing standard for dairy-based products
To ensure consumers are buying safe and fresh dairy-based products, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning to come up with a dairy food standard that complies with the recently approved Food Safety Act.
Manila Times reported the National Dairy Authority (NDA) is now in the final stage of crafting the Dairy Food Regulation after thorough consultations with stakeholders in the Philippine dairy industry.
NDA Administrator Grace Cenas said the move is meant not only to strengthen food safety but also to also guarantee traceability—from farm to plant—throughout the food supply chain.
NDA, an agency under the DA, is the regulatory agency for pasteurized liquid milk products.
Cenas said the new dairy regulation would cover production, processing, distribution and sale of pasteurized liquid milk products as well as dairy animals.
Once the regulation is in place, existing dairy farms, milk collection centers, milk processing plants and other dairy enterprises—including service and input providers along the dairy value chain—have a maximum of two years to fully comply with the reforms stipulated in the document.
Under the dairy food regulations and standards, the DA will implement hazard analyses and critical control points, good agricultural practices, good hygienic practices for fresh milk, in addition to Codex Alimentarius standards.
Cenas said the regulation will give priority to dairy enterprise operators that already have existing laws and administrative rules and regulations on health and environment, animal welfare, quarantine, feeds, drugs and biologics and are also compliant with consumer laws and fair trade rules. (By: Ched Romulo)