Approved criteria for dairy

If you operate under a risk management programme (RMP), Food Control Plan (FCP) or Food Safety Programme (FSP), or you verify or audit them, you can use approved criteria as a reference for technical information.

Operating under the Food Act

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016. The Act applies to all new food businesses that started from that date.

Existing businesses (registered under the Food Act 1981 or Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 before 29 February 2016) are making the transition between 2016 and 2019. Find out when your type of business has to start operating under the Act.

Using approved criteria

Approved criteria have been developed to:

  • help manufacturers with the technical content of their dairy RMP, FSP or FCP
  • serve as a reference for auditors and verifiers of RMPs and FSPs or FCPs
  • help anyone assessing or recognising people or agencies to verify or audit dairy products
  • help anyone approving chemicals under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999.

Alternatively, manufacturers may also adopt a code of practice (COP) to show that risks are being appropriately managed in their process.

Find out more about COPs:

Links to approved criteria for dairy

Refer to the approved criteria documents for dairy manufacturing requirements:

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