Promoting the improvement of dairy quality and safety

in the interest of the dairy industry and the consumer

non statutory projects2

12. Farm Food Safety Audits

Farm food safety audits on a contractual basis.

To conduct annual food safety audits on milking sheds of primary producers on a contractual basis, on behalf of milk buyers as clients.

The primary objective of the DSA is to promote the improvement of compliance of milk and other dairy products with product composition and safety standards on a national level. Improvement of raw milk quality is achievable in the primary industry through the successful implementation of a food safety management system by milk producers.

The DSA audit system is a systematic approach of auditing that assists milk producers to implement sustainable and effective food safety systems, based on the prerequisite programmes as provided for in Regulation 908 of 27 June 2003, issued in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectant Act (Act 54 of 1972) as well as the DSA Code of Practice for the Secondary Industry. All DSA food safety audits are performed by industry and sector-specific auditors.

This project is available to all stakeholders in the dairy industry and forms part of the milk buyers supplier quality assurance programme (GAP).

Planned activities and outputs

Project Objective

Performance Goal

DSA Client Service Level Agreement

Approved and signed Service Level Agreement

Revise/Compile audit guidelines and documents

Approved documentation

Perform audits on request

Estimated 250 milking shed audits

Presenting the outcome of food safety audits to client

Estimated 250 milking shed audit reports

Annual renewal of service level agreement

Approved and signed Service Level Agreements


Projected Date of Completion

Review, approved and sign 2019 Service Level Agreement

As per client agreement

Approval of audit documentation

As per client agreement

Annual audit cycle (audits and audit reports)

As per client agreement

Preparation and sign of 2020 Service Level Agreements

As per client agreement

Approval of 2020 audit documentation

As per client agreement










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