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General Circular - Auditing restrictions on licensed dairies to be lifted

19 May 2020

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

Auditing restrictions on licensed dairies to be lifted

As of 1 June 2020, auditing restrictions previously imposed on licensed dairies will be lifted. The NSW Food Authority is aware of the challenges these restrictions have placed on licensees. To assist businesses back to normal operations, audit due dates have been extended by 90 days for businesses who were affected by the auditing restrictions, taking effect from 1 June 2020. Businesses who were due for a regulatory food safety audit between 23 March 2020 and 1 June 2020, will now need to have undertaken their audit by 31 August 2020.

To ensure that audits conducted by NSW Food Authority officers and Third Party Auditors (TPA) do not pose a contamination risk, please ensure farm entry requirements are communicated to the auditor prior to the audit date.

The NSW Food Authority will continue to 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 are continually monitored for compliance against all legislative requirements.

All licensees who were impacted by the COVID-19 auditing arrangements are reminded to ensure they continue to comply with their existing Food Safety Programs and management systems.

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

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

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has activated a 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:

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

The NSW Government continues to work with national and international agencies to provide the most up to date information as this issue evolves. The NSW Government recommends that people follow NSW Health guidelines for more information.

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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