Dairyfarmers are reminded that chemicals used on farms, including those used to clean and sanitise the plant and milk vats, must be registered with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
Dairy Australia's regulatory affairs manager, Kira Goodall, said recent isolated incidences of unregistered products being marketed to farmers or farmers inadvertently using chemicals for the wrong purpose were concerning for the whole industry.
"All agricultural and veterinary chemicals must be registered with the APVMA and should be used as instructed on the label," Ms Goodall said.
"Check the label and make sure you are using the right chemical for the right job."
Chemical use and chemical residues have also been an increasing focus for international customers in recent years.
"Given our market sensitivity, safety and reputation, the industry does have concerns about this issue and dairyfarmers should be wary when buying chemicals for their farms," Ms Goodall said.
"By using unregistered chemicals or not using registered chemicals according to label directions, farmers risk wasting time and money on products that don't work and are potentially harmful for cows, farm staff and people who drink the milk."
Using unregistered products is also against the law, not to mention farm Food Safety Plans and Quality Assurance Schemes.
Appropriate chemical use can, and will, be checked as part of farm audits.
Fonterra Australia quality manager - milk supply Lisa Archer said dairy customers trusted that their food was safe.
Appropriate, on-label use of registered chemicals would ensure consumer trust was maintained.
"Any incident that affects this trust could also reduce the value of milk products for the entire industry," she said.
Parmalat national raw milk quality and compliance manager Sarah Carter said the chemical registration process benefited everyone.
"Consumers can trust that the dairy products they purchase are safe to eat and drink, and farmers can be confident that the chemicals they're using are going to do the job effectively to keep the milk they produce at the highest quality possible," she said.D
For more information go to website https://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/farm/animal-management/milking/milk-quality.