Promoting the improvement of dairy quality and safety

in the interest of the dairy industry and the consumer

statutory projects

4. Product Risk Identification

Milk and other dairy product risk identification

The purpose of the project is to:

  • Identify potential national and international food safety and quality risks within the dairy industry;
  • Conduct statistical trend analysis based on quarterly survey data captured in the DSA database;
  • To conduct year-to-year or cycle-to-cycle statistical comparisons in order to determine effectiveness of Project 1 and to address possible causes for non-compliance of product;
  • To provide statistical data that will:
    •    Confirm the trend of % compliance in terms of legal standards (indicated per volume) by milk suppliers, which are part of the organised dairy industry;
    •    Identify problem areas in terms of food safety or quality criteria.
  • To report to relevant roleplayers, using DSA processed data in whatever format required, enabling roleplayers to identify non-conformances and to take appropriate corrective actions;
  • Regular monitoring of national and international food safety websites and communication of relevant issues to the dairy industry;
  • Monitor reports regarding possible food safety scares in the world on international websites.

Note: Corrective actions on individual processors/suppliers as a result of non-conformances identified, is dealt with
under Remedial action programs with producers/processors and processors/distributors (PD's)

Through effective data collection, analysis and verifiable statistical information, the project goal aims to achieve the following:

  • effective planning, problem-solving and reporting on any food safety and quality related issues within the organisation.
  • effective reporting to Milk SA regarding the status of milk and other dairy products via National Milk Monitoring.
  • based on DSA processed information, measure performance and effectiveness of selected Dairy Standard Agency project goals (internal verification).
  • collect national and international dairy industry-specific information that relates to food safety and quality aspects and disseminates scientific-based information to DSA stakeholders (government institutions, organised industry, DSA Directors and Members).

The project goal creates a model that allows for analysis of data captured as well as risk identification based on specific information collected by the project goal manager. The information is, amongst other, used to create quarterly reports that are communicated to the relevant government departments, as well as the organised dairy industry. Data analysis also enables the DSA with the identification of possible food scares related to the dairy industry through objective information interpretation. Without effective report writing, the flow of information is restricted. The project goal, therefore, plays a vital role in creating accurate profiles regarding food safety and quality information of processors and producers/distributors (PD’s) which is essential to initiate remedial action plans.

Statistical and trend analysis is based on all data captured by the DSA in South Africa. Profile determination can therefore also be conducted on all processing facilities regardless of what dairy product is manufactured by processor or producer/distributor.

South Africa is part of the global economy and in this respect, it is important that international activities are monitored via the internet for possible food safety threats that may have an impact on the local dairy industry. The DSA has a standing relationship with the Food Safety Alert Team of the Department of Health which is also the contact point for Infosan of the World Health Organisation.

Planned activities and outputs

Actions  Projected Date of Completion 
Quarterly reports (according to DSA policy) to be made available to Milk SA and government organisations.  April 2018, July 2018, October 2018, January 2019. 
Identification of food safety scares and non-conformances with regards to product composition on a national and international basis.  Ad hoc reports will be used to convey information to the relevant stakeholders subject to the nature thereof. 
Reports of processors as per national monitoring program to be made available to processors through website.  April, July, October, December 2018. 
Regular communication with industry regarding national as well as international food safety and quality (product composition) issues. Weekly monitoring of national and international communication media (internet based).  Ad-hoc (scientific based) reports. 
1 Risk identification in the context of this project goal relates to the identification of food safety and or quality related problems on a regional/national level as well as the identification of international food safety risks related to the dairy industry 

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