Dairy maintenance compounds

If you are processing dairy animal products and are operating under the Animal Products Act regime, the requirements outlined here apply to you.

Requirements

Detergents, sanitisers and other compounds you use in farm dairies to clean, sanitise or maintain the milking plant must be approved by the Director-General of MPI (Regulation 24(1)(d) of the Animal Products (Dairy) Regulations 2005). (Under Regulation 30, the Director-General may also recognise the suitability for use of maintenance compounds, with or without conditions imposed.)

In addition, if you are operating a risk management programme (RMP), you must ensure that all maintenance compounds used are suitable for their intended use.

Maintenance compounds other than those used to maintain farm dairy milking plants do not have to be approved or recognised. However, if they are approved or recognised, MPI acceptability will be clear. This will assist dairy RMP operators, evaluators and verifiers.

Approved and recognised compounds

MPI maintains a register that will give you summary information on all approved and recognised dairy maintenance compounds. The register also shows any conditions that have been applied to a product to ensure appropriate use.

Approved dairy maintenance compound refers to products that have been approved for use in farm dairies to clean, sanitise or maintain the milking plant (including the bulk milk tank).

Recognised dairy maintenance compound refers to products that have been recognised as suitable for the purpose identified.

Register of approved maintenance compounds (dairy)

Getting an approval or recognition

All information you need to get an approval or recognition is in the procedure document (link below).

Maintenance compounds used to clean, sanitise or otherwise maintain equipment and facilities are typically part of an integrated, documented programme. As such, consideration of individual products is made on the basis of their use as per the label instruction within the context of an overall programme.