Gov’t uplifts standards of dairy industry
There government is getting ready to step up the standards of the dairy industry in the country as it braces to approve the Dairy Food Regulations (DFR) tenets under the Food Safety Act.
The National Dairy Authority (NDA) Administrator Grace Cenas explained that the DFR is in its finalization stage and will set the guidelines for operations of dairy farms, milk collection centers, milk processing plants and other dairy enterprises including service and input providers to maintain health, trade and environmental standards as well as take into consideration the welfare of animals, involved in their operations.
Once the DFR is approved, stakeholders will be given a maximum of two years to comply with the new guidelines.
“NDA, being one of the food safety regulatory agencies (FSRA) of the Department, conducted numerous consultations in line with the preparation of the DFR. The NDA has been designated as one of the DA FSRAs, particularly for milk from the farm up to the post-harvest level,” Cenas added.
Among those included in the guidelines are regulations on the excessive use of antibiotics and anti fungal drugs since these are known to adversely impact the resistance of the bacteria to the drugs, rendering them ineffective in the long run.
The guidelines are expected to uplift the standards of operations of the dairy industry and improve the quality of produce from these facilities, hopefully making them more competitive in the local and global market. (By: Angel Ong)