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 the effectiveness of Project 1 and to address possible causes for non-compliance of the product;
  • To provide statistical data that will:
    •    Confirm the trend of percentage 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 industry regarding the status of milk and other dairy products offered for sale to the consumer.
  • based on DSA processed information, measure the 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 creates a model that allows for analysis of data captured as well as risk identification1 based on specific information collected by the project manager. The information is, amongst others, 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 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 which may have an impact on the local dairy industry. The DSA has a standing relationship with the Department of Health which is also the contact point for Infosan of the World Health Organisation.

Planned activities and outputs


Projected Date of Completion 

Quarterly reports (according to DSA procedure) to be made available to Milk SA and government organisations.

April 2021, July 2021, October 2021, January 2022

Identification of food safety incidents and non-conformances with regard to product composition on a national and international basis.

Ad hoc reports will be used to convey information to the relevant stakeholders subject to nature thereof

Reports of processors as per national monitoring program to be made available to processors through the website.

April, July, October, December 2021. 

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 

Industry Partners

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