Hygiene & Safety

Working collaboratively to safeguard the integrity and transparency of the global dairy supply chain

IDF work in the field of hygiene and safety has several aims: to ensure the safety and quality of milk and dairy products, thus ensuring consumers can trust food products that are produced; and to play a key role in sharing knowledge and best practice.

As an organisation, we strive to create a global consensus on risk assessment, as well as promote science-based and informed approaches to food safety and quality issues. IDF advocates a rigorous farm-to-fork food safety and quality approach to ensure that milk and dairy products have been processed, prepared, and handled according to the highest possible global food safety and quality standards.

We also provide scientific advice on potential risks to food hygiene and safety along the entire dairy chain, including the impact of the food chain on the environment; transportation and storage of food; food production and innovation; and health claims. IDF’s scientific advice is used by decision makers, national authorities, academia, consumer organisations and the public at large.

Joint working for optimal outcomes

Ensuring food safety and quality for billions of dairy consumers can only be guaranteed through partnership with other organisations, allowing efficient use of resources, avoiding duplication of efforts and sharing workload among partners.

IDF works with key international organizations such as Codex and many others to ensure the safety and quality of dairy products is continually improving. Our work covers microbiological, as well as chemical and physical risks, the evolution of testing and monitoring, alongside issues like residues and contaminants, pathogens and spoilage organisms, antimicrobial resistance, the impact of zoonoses, pasteurization and new classes of hazard control measures, to safeguard and build on the integrity of dairy globally.

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IDF advocates a rigorous farm-to-fork food approach to ensure dairy products of the highest possible global food safety and quality standards.

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