Regulations And Standards Project Of Milk Sa
The project relates to dairy technical issues, regulations and standards and encompasses industry involvement regarding:
- Deliberation of industry regulations relating food safety, product composition, metrological and related standards as well as voluntary industry related standards e.g. animal welfare and related matters.
- Liaison with industry and statutory bodies in terms of draft, promulgated and repealed legislation and effective communication through the Milk SA organisational structures.
- Liaison and consultation on an internal and external basis and comment within specified time frames via Milk SA organisational structures.
- Report to industry via Milk SA structures.
The organised dairy industry acknowledges the importance of compliance with the law and related standards (national and international) as it pertains to the dairy value chain. The regulatory environment relating to milk and other dairy products is of multi-dimensional nature and involves regulations relating to product composition, food safety, animal health, animal feed, milking parlours, and the transportation of milk, processing plants, storage and related matters such as environmental management and export requirements. Publication of voluntary standards known as South African National Standards compiled by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) are subject to public participation and are also considered as an integral part of the function of this Committee.
Effective communication of regulations and standards and aspects relating to the enforcement thereof is essential, as the dairy industry is required to be fully conversant of current and proposed changes to legislation and voluntary standards on a continual basis. To assist in this regard, the activities of the project are executed according to the Project Plan which is subject to review on an annual basis.
It is important to note that this project is not a duplication of the DSA Project goal 7, Title: Liaison on
legislation with authorities and other organisations, as the fundamental difference of Goal 7 relates to the relationship and involvement of DSA as self regulatory initiative with government structures and execution of the law. The Regulations and standards Project of Milk SA relates to participation in the formalisation of draft regulations and standards and comments on regulatory matters, as well as communication through Milk SA in the interest of the dairy industry and other stakeholders.