Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dairy Celebrates Food Safety

Although September is  recognized as National Food Safety Month, food safety is a priority everyday of the year  on our   dairy farm.  As a Grade A dairy farm, we are licensed by the Arkansas Health Department  to produce milk for bottling or manufactured dairy products by following the    rules and regulations established by the Food and Drug Administration and state regulatory officials by  utilizing  the guidelines of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point systems.

  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!



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