These food safety systems make milk and dairy foods among the safest and most highly regulated foods in the world:
-The Pasteurized Milk Ordinance ( also known as PMO) sets requirements for milk production, milk hauling, pasteurization, product safety, equipment sanitation and labeling.
Pasteurization has been recognized for more than a century as an essential tool for ensuring that milk and dairy products are safe.
-The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system is used throughout the food industry to help ensure food safety. Dairy processing plants identify critical steps throughout the manufacturing process and establish plans to monitor and minimize any risks. HACCP plans are reviewed, approved and enforced by food safety agencies.
Thanks to these safety rules, less than 1 percent of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States involve dairy products!
Happy Food Safety Month!