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Population growth will place increasing pressure on food production, especially demand for protein. Plant based dairy substitutes are gaining attention as consumers increasingly focus on the sustainability credentials of their food supply. The Australian dairy industry is committed to continuous improvement to ensure dairy's role as a part of a healthy, sustainable diet.
Safety of dairy products is a top priority for the Australian dairy industry. We take our responsibility for our customers health and wellbeing very seriously. Safety standards remained extremely high during the year.
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These initiatives are driving change in food safety.
The annual AMRA survey is the national residue monitoring program for agricultural and veterinary chemicals and environmental contaminants in milk and provides valuable evidence that the dairy industry’s food safety systems are operating effectively. Each year, representatives of the Commonwealth and State governments and the dairy industry meet to review current and emerging food safety risks. These risks relate to actual food safety as well as trade risks where importing countries have different safety levels and require Australia to demonstrate how it manages these risks.
The Dairy Manufacturing Resource Centre provides a range of resources to support dairy companies, including materials relating to trade, learning materials, food safety programs, product testing, and webinar information.
Despite facing challenging seasonal conditions, Chris Hibberson received a 2019 Dairy Australia Milk Quality Award.
Poor diet is the leading preventable health risk factor globally, contributing to 7.3% of disease in Australia in 2015, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Underpinning a sustainable dairy industry is consumer demand for a healthy, nutritious product. Milk, cheese and yoghurt contain a unique package of essential vitamins and minerals that support good health.
How we performed in 2019:
These initiatives are driving change to health in Australian communities.
A consumer marketing and promotion campaign launched during the year to build trust through transparency by providing factual information about dairy products and industry practices.
Dairy Australia has developed a communications strategy to address public concerns and expectations of the dairy industry and nutrition. It aims to provide objective and transparent information to help engaged members of the community and those who influence them, to make informed decisions about the health and nutrition of dairy and industry practices.
A study funded by Dairy Australia and other international dairy organisations found that providing the recommended amount of dairy foods is likely to be a simple and cost-effective method of reducing the significant malnutrition risk in institutionalised elderly.
This annual week calls on Australians of all ages to take three actions to build and maintain healthy bones, including increasing daily serves of calcium through milk, cheese or yoghurt.
Following a Deakin University report that ranked the nutrition policies of Australia’s biggest food and beverage manufacturers, dairy companies are developing public statements of responsible consumption in line with Australian Dietary Guidelines and customised to each business.
Research investigated the impact on heart health of a Mediterranean diet that includes additional serves of dairy foods to meet Australian recommendations for dairy and calcium intake, and found the extra dairy foods improve heart health and lead to lower blood pressure.