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General Circular 03/2020 - Change to auditing arrangements for licensed dairy farms in NSW due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

27 Mar 2020

An important update from the NSW Food Authority for licensed dairy farms in NSW.

Change to existing auditing arrangements for licensed dairy farms in NSW due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The NSW Food Authority is actively responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) by implementing changes to the existing auditing arrangements for licensed dairy farms in NSW.

As of 28 March 2020, dairy farms will no longer receive audits from NSW Food Authority staff or approved Third Party Auditors.

The NSW Food Authority will continue to monitor dairy farms through the collection and review of processing information obtained and submitted by licensed processing facilities.

The NSW Food Authority will also carefully review the farm management systems in place within licensed dairy processing facilities to ensure that critical processing information, such as milk temperatures and antibiotic residues, is continually monitored for compliance against all legislative requirements.

This change to the audit program will remain in place until further advice is provided by the NSW Food Authority.

All impacted licensees are reminded to ensure they continue to comply with their existing food safety programs and management systems and that only safe and suitable milk is provided for further processing.

Information about COVID-19 for food businesses is available on the NSW Food Authority website:

www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/help/covid-19-advice-for-businesses

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has activated a new team and launched online resources to help primary industries navigate the challenges and impacts of COVID-19. Managing animal welfare and other industry COVID-19 related information, including contact information, is available on the NSW DPI website:

www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/home/covid-19

The NSW Government continues to work with national and international agencies to provide the mostup to date information as this issue is rapidly evolving. The NSW Government recommends thatpeople follow NSW Health guidelines as this issue evolves.

For more information about this Circular, please call the NSW Food Authority helpline on 1300 552 406 or email: food.contact@dpi.nsw.gov.au

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