Approved criteria, codes of practice, and guidance for dairy

If you need to complete a risk management programme (RMP) or food control plan (FCP) for your dairy business, you can use the approved criteria, codes of practice, and guidance on this page to help you.

Approved criteria for dairy operations

If you operate under a risk management programme (RMP) or Food Control Plan (FCP) you can use approved criteria as a reference for technical information. You can also use them as a reference if you verify or audit RMPs or FCPs.

Approved criteria documents for dairy manufacturing requirements

DPC1: Animal products (dairy): Approved criteria for general dairy processing [PDF, 224 KB] 

DPC 2: Animal products (dairy): Approved criteria for farm dairies [PDF, 221 KB] 

DPC3: Animal products (dairy): Approved criteria for manufacturing dairy material and product [PDF, 275 KB]

DPC 4: Animal products (dairy): Approved criteria for storage and transportation of dairy material and products [PDF, 74 KB]

Codes of practice and associated guidance for dairy manufacturers

Codes of Practice (COP) and guidance can help you meet technical requirements for your dairy RMP or FCP.

Introduction to Codes of Practice (COPs)

Heat treatment requirements

This code of practice and guidance can help you meet the design, construction, and operation requirements of dairy heat treatment equipment.

Heat treatment code of practice [PDF, 889 KB]

Operational guideline: Dairy heat treatments [PDF, 193 KB]

If you make a significant change to your dairy heat treatment equipment, you will need to take certain actions. Find out how to decide if the change is significant and what you need to do:

Significant change to dairy heat treatment equipment and systems [PDF, 38 KB]

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans

Get help to develop a HACCP plan for your dairy operation.

HACCP is used to:

  • identify and manage significant food safety hazards
  • help ensure food safety for your business.

Operational guideline: Dairy HACCP plans [PDF, 127 KB]

Using HACCP in your business

Find out more about HACCP

A general introduction to HACCP

Water management plans

Developing a water management plan is one of the requirements of an RMP. Use approved criteria, standards, and guidance to help you.

DPC 3: Animal products (dairy): Approved criteria for the manufacturing of dairy material and product [PDF, 275 KB]

Guideline for dairy criteria relating to dairy factory water (stated in DPC3) [PDF, 424 KB]

Drinking-water standards for New Zealand [PDF, 1.66 MB]

Design and construction of dairy premises guidelines

If you're planning to build or upgrade your dairy premises, there are guidelines you need to follow.

The guideline covers:

  • laying out your dairy site and buildings
  • how to design and construct them
  • requirements for dairy manufacturing equipment
  • bulk transport of dairy products.

Operational guideline: Design and construction of dairy premises and equipment [PDF, 248 KB]

Who to contact

If you have questions about approved criteria, codes of practice, or guidance for dairy, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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