DSA Strategic Approach For 2016
The following is a broad strategic approach - click here for the .pdf version
The DSA’s primary objective is the promotion of compliance with product composition, food safety and metrology standards relating to milk and other dairy products in the interest of the industry and the consumer.
At its inception, the DSA placed great emphasis on the monitoring of fresh milk sold in the retail. This was done to determine compliance with legal standards and to communicate results to the respective authorities and processors/manufacturers concerned. A comprehensive programme was established in collaboration with local health authorities responsible for enforcing food safety standards with monitoring activities subsequently expanded to also include other dairy products.
The strategic development regarding proactive and reactive approaches that followed, assisted the DSA to embark on the route of more demanding and multi-dimensional tasks due to its involvement in the regulatory environment relating to product composition, food safety, animal health, animal feed, milking parlours, the transportation of milk, processing plants and storage.
The DSA has progressively moved forward to a landscape where today, it is well-recognised by the respective government bodies, the organised primary and secondary dairy industry and other stake holders namely national consumer bodies and the retail sector on a national level.
The DSA acknowledges the importance of product compliance with product composition and food safety standards as a prerequisite for the growth of the dairy industry. This is due to the fact that substandard products reaching the retail can cause extensive and prolonged harm to both the industry and the consumer. The promotion of compliance with standards relating to milk and other dairy products, remains a demanding and multi-dimensional task, because of:
a) the involvement of regulations relating to product composition, food safety, animal health, animal feed, milking parlours, the transportation of milk, processing plants and storage;
b) the regulations referred in (a) were issued in terms of five different laws and the enforcement of these laws is the responsibility of:
- the Department of Health, Provincial Health Departments and Municipal Health Authorities – The Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 (Act 54 of 1972);
- Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (Act 119 of 1990), Animal Health Act, 1984 (Act 35 of 1984), Fertilisers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act, 1947 (Act 36 of 1947);
- National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and the application of the relevant regulations in terms of the Trade Metrology Act, 1973 (Act 77 of 1973).
The DSA’s activities are determined by its mandate as documented in the company’s Memorandum of Incorporation namely:
- Monitoring of milk and other dairy products;
- Communication with industry and other stakeholders;
- Support service to the dairy industry and other stakeholders.
In accordance with the above and within the framework of its current strategy, the DSA statutory and non-statutory project activities are also at best balanced in a manner that optimises the available resources.