In this post, we take a closer look at the key requirements for transporting and storing dairy products.
The Queensland dairy industry produces 411 million+ litres of milk annually and there are around 430 farms located throughout southeast Queensland, Darling Downs, Wide Bay, Central Queensland around Monto, Rockhampton, and Eungella, and in Far North Queensland near the Atherton Tableland.
Although the bulk of milk production takes place in Australia’s south-east, Queensland has its own dairy industry that supplies fresh drinking milk to nearby cities and towns, along with a range of high-quality products including butter, custard, yogurt and cheese.
As with most of the food industry, temperature control is vital to the smooth running of the dairy industry. Dairy products are notorious for their highly perishable nature, and the proper transport of them is essential.
Keep it clean, keep it cold, keep it moving
Keep it clean
The refrigerated truck or van should be split into different compartments, depending on the different dairy products being transported. A food handler must take all reasonable measures not to handle food or surfaces likely to come into contact with food in a way that is likely to compromise the safety and suitability of food. All fixtures, fittings and equipment must be adequate for the production of safe and suitable food, and fit for their intended use.
Routine internal cleaning and sanitation inspections must also be undertaken, and records maintained for corrective action taken on any identified issues.
Keep it cold
If you produce or process dairy you are required to have an accreditation with Safe Food.
Transporting dairy produce –
- from a dairy to a factory
- from a factory to another factory for further processing
- to or from a depot
When transporting food for public consumption by road, it must be stored at the correct temperature in order that it does not deteriorate in transit. To reduce the risk of bacterial contamination, most dairy products must be stored and kept below 5 degrees Celsius.
Keep it moving
As with any time-sensitive (aka perishable) products, delivery must be completed in a timely manner. Fresh dairy products like milk have a much shorter life-span than aged dairy products, like some cheeses and even yogurts. Knowing the dairy product you’re transporting and it’s temperature requirements will ensure they’re delivered in perfect condition.