Using maintenance compounds when processing dairy products

If you are processing dairy products and are operating under the Animal Products Act regime, these requirements apply to you.

Requirements for dairy maintenance compounds

Detergents, sanitisers, and other compounds you use in farm dairies to clean, sanitise, or maintain the milking plant must be approved by the Director-General of MPI under Regulation 24(1)(d) of the Animal Products (Dairy) Regulations 2005. Under Regulation 30, the Director-General may also recognise the suitability for use of maintenance compounds, with or without conditions imposed.

In addition, if you are operating a risk management programme (RMP), you must ensure that all maintenance compounds used are suitable for their intended use.

Maintenance compounds other than those used to maintain farm dairy milking plants do not have to be approved or recognised. But if they are approved or recognised, MPI will clearly outline how they may be acceptably used. This will assist dairy RMP operators, evaluators, and verifiers.

Approved and recognised compounds

MPI maintains a register that provides summary information on all approved and recognised dairy maintenance compounds. The register also shows any conditions that have been applied to a product to ensure appropriate use.

An approved dairy maintenance compound is a product that has been approved for use in farm dairies to clean, sanitise, or maintain the milking plant (including the bulk milk tank).

A recognised dairy maintenance compound is a product that has been recognised as suitable for the purpose identified.

Register of approved maintenance compounds (dairy) [XLSX, 454 KB]

Getting an approval or recognition

The procedure document outlines all the information you need to get an approval or recognition.

Procedure for approval or recognition of dairy maintenance [PDF, 92 KB]

Maintenance compounds are used to clean, sanitise, or otherwise maintain equipment and facilities. These compounds are typically part of an integrated, documented programme. When we consider an individual product, we take into account both its label instructions and how it fits in with the usage programme.

Use the following form for an application for approval or recognition of a dairy maintenance compound:

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