As a dairy manufacturer, you must meet the importing country’s requirements of the markets you are exporting to. Your food safety plan will outline how you’ve met all requirements before you export.
Approval to produce dairy products does not automatically grant entry into all importing countries.
Some countries have specific requirements. This could include the need to provide extra details before entering the country and that your establishment is “listed” with the importing country authority.
Some countries that require listing, include:
- European Union
We maintain the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (Micor). Check Micor to find the specific requirements for export into various international markets.
Export to the European Union
If you are planning to export to the EU, there are certain requirements you must meet around the dairy ingredients you receive and the products you make. The Raw milk used to manufacture the dairy ingredients in your EU eligible finished dairy products must test negative for antibiotics, and you must have evidence from the supplier to support this claim.
If raw milk is received at your establishment, you will need to ensure that:
- Broad spectrum antibiotic testing of the raw milk from the tanker is undertaken each time milk is received at your establishment.
- The testing must show a negative presence.
- Raw milk processed is also required to meet Total Plate Count (TPC) and Bulk Milk Cell Count (BMCC) requirements.
- You must have documented processes in place to demonstrate that each farm supplying raw milk to your establishment meets these EU requirements.
- To be eligible for the EU market, each farm must have less than 100,000 cells per mL for TPC and 400,000 cells per mL for BMCC.
- Your procedures will need to clearly detail how you will meet these requirements and these will be assessed when you apply for your export registration.
We strongly recommend that you review our website for more details – Understanding EU Requirements.
You can also find more detailed information on managing antibiotic requirements in the Dairy Industry Antibiotic Management and Monitoring Policy.
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