Standards have been developed to prepare small business owners, including farmers, for the devastation a hurricane can bring. NMPF is sharing this information because many members in the South and East could be impacted during the hurricane season.
NMPF, in cooperation with the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), developed voluntary guidelines to help producers increase security on their farm. The Voluntary Guidelines for Security of Raw Milk at the Farm document is intended to help prevent safe milk from being unnecessarily destroyed. While initial preventative measures have focused on dealing with securing processing plants and bulk milk tankers, focusing on the raw milk supply on the farm prior to pickup was necessary. These guidelines focus on areas where raw milk is stored on the farm when the dairyman or their employees are not present at the facility. These guidelines serve as a companion to the previously released Voluntary Guidelines for Sealing Raw Milk Tankers.
If you have any questions about the guidelines, please contact Jamie Jonker at the NMPF office.
NMPF and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) have been working together to develop a voluntary, industry-driven document to address the security of raw milk tankers. The purpose of the document is to provide guidance on appropriate proactive measures that will enhance the protection of raw milk tankers from intentional contamination. The document is intended to provide voluntary guidance without resulting in the rejection of safe milk.
Our intent in developing this document is to provide this information to the dairy industry (cooperatives, individual producers, haulers, and processors) and encourage all involved to follow similar guidelines. We will also share this information with the Executive Board of the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) as an example of a voluntary industry program that is being followed. The NCIMS Executive Board will be encouraged to provide this information to all 50 State regulatory agencies. Hopefully, this will enable the dairy industry to have one voluntary program, and will mitigate the need for States to develop their own programs. We would much rather have a widely used, but voluntary industry program as opposed to many different mandatory State programs.
If you have any questions about the guidelines, please contact Jamie Jonker.