The Department of Agriculture (DA) is expected to approve a dairy food standard next month to support safe food production and ensure that all dairy-based products comply with the recently passed Food Safety Act.
National Dairy Authority (NDA) Administrator Grace Cenas said that they were now in the final stage of crafting the Dairy Food Regulation following intensive consultations with stakeholders nationwide.
Cenas said the NDA was aiming not only to strengthen food safety but also traceability, from farm to plat, throughout the food supply chain. The NDA is the duly mandated food safety regulatory agency for pasteurized liquid milk products.
“The new dairy regulation will cover production, processing, distribution and sale by the Philippine dairy industry of safe pasteurized liquid milk products as well as dairy animals,” Cenas said.
Under the proposal, existing dairy farms, milk collection centers, milk processing plants and other dairy enterprises—including service and input providers along the dairy value chain—have a maximum of two years to fully comply once the regulation is in place.
The dairy food regulations and standards adopt hazard analyses and critical control points, good agricultural practices, good hygienic practices for fresh milk as well as Codex Alimentarius standards.
“These regulations also give preference as well to the compliance by the dairy enterprise operators with existing laws and administrative rules and regulations, like health and environmental laws and regulations, those on animal welfare, quarantine, feeds, drugs and biologics; and consumer laws and fair trade rules,” Cenas said.