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Theland A2 β-casein Hi-Calcium Whole Milk
200mL

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES VERIFIED BY AQ ASSURED

  • Contains A2 Beta Casein
  • High in calcium
  • Made from 100% raw milk
  • 100% Australian Made
  • No artificial colours
  • No added sugar
  • No added preservatives
 

This product is made using 100% pure Australian A2 milk.

Goulburn Valley

The raw milk used in the production of the A2 product, is sourced from a single supplier farm located within the Goulburn Valley Region of * Victoria, Australia.

The Goulburn Valley Region is located at South latitude 36°.

The state of Victoria is a large dairy producing and exporting region of Australia.

The capital of Victoria (Melbourne) receives on average over 2300 hours of sunshine each year.

On the supplier farm, over the entire dairy season there is on average approximately 2300m² of **usable farmland per cow.

*Dairy farming practices in Victoria vary depending on region and season, as climate factors influence grass growth and nutrition. To ensure that their nutritional needs are met, the cows are provided with supplementary feed during winter and poor weather conditions.

**To ensure efficient use of farmland and ongoing animal welfare-pasture fields are rotated and shelter is provided in the form of sheds which ensure the animals are protected from extreme weather conditions.

The cows produce the A2 β-casein type milk protein and routine testing of the calves ensures ongoing compliance of the herd.

There are systems in place throughout the supply chain to ensure that each carton of milk meets high standards of food safety and quality.

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The Farm

Farm Assurances - A2 Milk

The raw milk used in the production of the A2 product, is sourced from a single supplier farm located within the Goulburn Valley Region of Victoria, Australia.

The cows produce the A2 β-casein type milk protein and routine testing of the calves ensures ongoing compliance of the herd.

Farm Assurances - Animal Welfare

All animals are clearly identified through the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) - Australia's system for identifying and tracking dairy cattle.

Farms must meet their obligations under  Australian legislation including the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle (2016) to ensure that all aspects of animal health and welfare are considered. This includes performing health checks on the animals and having systems in place to isolate any unhealthy animals from the herd.

The animals must have access to fresh, clean water at all times. This includes providing to water to the herd when grazing on paddocks and near the milking sheds.

The farm provides the herd with protection from the extreme heat of summer, where the cows have access to open barns fitted with cooling fans.

During winter, wind proof shields are installed into the open barn to provide protection from the cold and rain.

Farm Assurances - Milk Supply

All milk supplier farms are required under the Dairy Act 2000 to be licensed with the relevant State Authority.

In Victoria this is Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV).

The farm must comply with the conditions of the licence which includes:

  • Demonstrating compliance with the relevant provisions of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
  • Having a food safety program which is routinely audited by the relevant State authority.
  • Collecting milk from healthy animals.
  • Cooling and storing milk on the farm at a temperature that prevents or reduces the growth of microbiological hazards in the milk.

Farm Assurances- Water Use

Water used in the milking shed must be suitable for use and the farm should hold records of any testing.

Dairy Carrier-Assurances

The dairy carrier (milk tankers) is required under legislation to comply with provisions within The Food Act 1984, The Dairy Act 2000 and The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSANZ).

Controls  include:

  • Adhering to a documented food safety program through all stages from collection, transportation, and delivery.
  • Prior to collecting the milk at the farm, the tanker driver is responsible for taking a sample of the milk.
  • The milk is transported to the factory in tankers which maintain the temperature of the chilled milk.
  • Keeping records to ensure traceability of milk. This includes the tanker details, date and time of milk collection, temperature of milk, description and quantity of milk collected and delivery destination.
  • Once the delivery is made the tanker is cleaned in place (CIP) using specifically designed equipment at the factory wash bay.

The Factory

Factory Assurances

On arrival at the factory a sample of the chilled milk is taken from the tanker and checked for quality.

The milk is not accepted if it fails to meet required specifications.

The raw A2 milk is kept segregated in dedicated silos.

Once approved for use, the milk is heat treated to achieve commercial sterility. (UHT)

The milk is aseptically packed into individual tamper-proof Tetra Pak cartons.

Each brick (individual unit) is individually coded for traceability.

Regulatory Assurances

The dairy factory is regularly audited to ensure it complies with Australian regulations which include:

  • The Dairy Act 2000
  • The Food Act 1984
  • The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSANZ)
  • Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV).

In addition the factory holds Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC), an internationally recognised certification scheme, approved by GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative).

The factory must also be registered with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and meet the requirements of the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

A declaration of compliance statement must accompany each shipment attesting that the product is:

  • Eligible for export.
  • Fit-for-human consumption.
  • Meets any specific importing country requirements.

The Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021 require that water used within the factory must be potable.

Water potability standards are prepared by the National Health and Medical Research Council and activities must be undertaken to verify the quality of water against the Australia Drinking Water Guidelines.

In addition to company- based testing, samples of finished product are collected by DFSV auditors during routine audits and are assessed through the DFSV product surveillance program.

Final Product Testing

Chemical, microbial, and sensory tests are conducted on the finished product to ensure that food safety and quality requirements are met.

Shipping

Shipping Assurances

The shipping company must ensure that the products are accompanied by all EAD (export accompanied documents) that are required by the importing country, including:

  • customs documents
  • health certificates
  • certificates of laboratory testing analysis

All other documents that are required by the importing country must be completed and approved before the container is sealed and loaded on board the ship.

The product is shipped to China and checked by China Customs on arrival. China Customs check the import documentation to confirm all requirements have been met and may test the product again prior to releasing it into the country.

Once cleared by Customs the product is sent to the warehouse.

Retail

Retail Assurances

The product arrives at the warehouse where it is managed using barcoding and traceability systems.

Product is loaded onto delivery trucks and distributed to individual shops, supermarkets, and other customers.

The AQ Assured brand and QR code can be scanned to provide consumer confidence of the food safety and quality measures undertaken throughout the supply chain.

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The Farm-water use

To ensure the ongoing sustainability of the resource, water used on farms is allocated and regulated by the relevant State and Territory Government.

Dairy farmers have many options to conserve water including the use of low - pressure hoses, quickly fixing leaks, and reducing evaporation from water stores.

The Farm-waste management

To improve on farm productivity whilst minimising environmental impact, farmers must comply with the regulations contained within the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), including the management of waste.

This is to ensure that effluent is contained within farm boundaries and does not enter water supplies or contaminate land.

Animal Welfare Legislation

Farmers must meet their obligations under legislation including The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle, to ensure that all aspects of animal welfare are considered in relation to the following:

  • Nutrition: the animals must be provided with access to fresh water and a level of nutrition to sustain good health and welfare.
  • Environment: shade or shelter must be provided to give protection to the animals from extreme weather conditions.
  • Health: prevent or rapidly diagnose and treat illness or injury.
  • Behaviour: the animals must be provided with conditions that allow natural patterns of social behaviour.
  • Free from distress: to live and grow in a safe environment.

On the A2 supplier farm-

To ensure the ongoing welfare of the cows, large open sheds known as free stall barns provide protection in times of adverse weather conditions such as in extreme heat, wind and rain.

The free stall barns are also used during calving season, when the young calves need additional protection from the weather.

Crops such as lucerne and corn are grown on the farm and along with supplementary feed, ensure the nutritional needs of the herd are met throughout the year.

The safety and quality of the milk is ensured through systematic identification and management of hazards throughout the supply chain:

  • Animals are clearly identified to ensure traceability via the National Livestock Identification registration system. (NLIS)
  • Farms are registered and licensed with the relevant State Authority. This includes the requirement to have an audited food safety program.
  • A2 milk is collected from cows that produce the A2 β-casein type milk protein.
  • Milk is only collected from healthy animals.
  • Samples of milk are collected from the A2 dairy farm for testing at the laboratory to ensure compliance to the required specification.
  • The milk is cooled and stored on farm at a temperature that prevents or reduces the growth of microbiological hazards in the milk.
  • Specialty milk tankers collect the milk from farm, the milk tankers operate under a documented food safety program to ensure safety from collection through to delivery to the factory.
  • On arrival at the factory a sample of the milk is removed from the tanker and evaluated for quality.
  • The A2 milk is kept in separate silos before being processed to strict specifications including UHT controls.
  • The milk is tested throughout production to ensure its meets specifications and regulatory compliance.
  • The factory holds accreditations to ensure compliance to all relevant legislation including The Food Act, The Dairy Act and DFSV requirements.
  • The factory holds an additional international FSSC 22000 certification.
  • The factory also ensures the milk is manufactured in accordance with the requirements in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.
  • Each batch of finished product is tested to ensure that it meets the required specification.
  • The product meets the overseas market access requirements (OMAR) of the countries to which it exports.

100% pure A2 Australian cow’s milk

The raw milk is sourced from cows that naturally produce the  A2 β-casein type protein.

Theland A2 β-casein Hi-Calcium Whole Milk (200mL) is free from any artificial colours, sweeteners or preservatives.

This product is high in calcium, providing an important source of nutrition for maintaining bone density.

Calcium also helps the growth of bones and teeth.

This product contains natural protein. Protein is important for the growth and repair of the body’s cells and tissue.

A2 β-casein Pure 200ML EN