A Quality Traceability System For Dairy

CHINA - According to the Dairy Association of China, in recent years, more technological measures have been taken, in addition to a comprehensive training, in supervising quality and safety of the dairy industry across the nation.
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At present, with support of local governments, a series of new technological measures have been implemented by enterprises nationwide in the frontline of supervision, greatly facilitating the work in this respect and providing an approach to the establishment of a long-acting supervision mechanism for quality in the dairy industry.

According to inspection authorities, by the end of this year, interrelations will be established through video network, between livestock services at both municipal and county levels, dairy enterprises and milk stations in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei Province, as an effort to change previous inspector-employing supervision pattern and thus safeguard safe milk for its citizens.

Through this management platform, livestock services are able to have whole-process video recording of all milk stations in the city; and administrative organisations of milk stations could carry out real-time remote video supervision of key links and safety of production, and spot check of the video record of any milk station. Thus, the whole process from purchasing, delivering to storing of raw milk can be under supervision, making it more scientific, objective and effective.

Dairy enterprises have extended supervision and check to routes of delivering raw milk, by installing GPS in each raw milk-transporting vehicle owned by enterprises themselves and by their own milk stations.

It is learned that there are two supervision patterns being used in Hebei Province. On the one hand, livestock services carry out inspection tours, and intensive and sampling inspections; on the other hand, inspectors are assigned by dairy enterprises to supervise the whole process from milking, loading to delivering of raw milk.

In order to effectively protect consumers’ rights and interests and strengthen the management of quality and safety of dairy products, Feihe Dairy has transformed the traditional management pattern into the one which realizes full coverage of information technology from pasture to table by employing radio frequency identification (RFID). The move has reaped significant social and economic benefits.

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