AQ Assured by AsureQuality, New Zealand's Government-owned food assurance company.
This product is 100% Australian made.
The raw milk used in the production of the A2 product, is sourced from selected dairy farms within the south-eastern corner of Australia.
The cows naturally produce the A2 β-casein milk protein.
There are systems in place throughout the supply chain to ensure that each carton of milk meets high standards of food safety and quality.
Select into any part of the supply chain to view the verified activities and assurances at each step.
The raw milk used in the production of the A2 product, is sourced from selected dairy farms within the South-Eastern Corner of Australia.
The herds supplying the milk naturally produce the A2-β casein milk protein.
Routine surveillance and monitoring of the raw milk supply from the farm ensure ongoing compliance.
All animals must be clearly identified through the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) - Australia's system for identifying and tracking dairy cattle.
Farms must meet their obligations under the Australian legislation including the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle (2014) 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 must provide the herd with adequate protection from extreme heat or cold temperatures, protection can include topographical features such as hedges and trees that provide shelter.
All milk supplier farms are required under the Dairy Act 2000 to be licensed with the relevant State Authority.
The farms must comply with the conditions of the licence which includes:
Water used in the milking shed must be suitable for use and the farm should hold records of any testing.
Dairy carriers (milk tankers) are required under legislation to comply with provisions within The Food Act 1984, The Dairy Act and The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSANZ).
Regulatory controls include:
Dedicated tankers collect the milk from the selected A2 milk supply farms.
The driver takes a sample from each farm and delivers it back to the factory where it can be tested to ensure compliance to the required specification.
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 standardised, and heat treated to achieve commercial sterility.
The milk is aseptically packed into individual tamper-proof Tetra Pak cartons.
Each brick (individual unit) is individually coded for traceability.
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.
The dairy factory is regularly audited to ensure it complies with the regulations which include:
The factory must 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:
Samples from each batch of finished product are tested* for compliance to specification prior to release.
Testing includes a range of chemical, microbial, and sensory attributes to ensure that food safety and quality requirements are met.
*(The protein composition is tested by the laboratory to ensure that the level of A1β-casein protein is below the quantification level of the analytical method used.)
The shipping company must ensure that the products are accompanied by all EAD (export accompanied documents) that are required by the importing country, including:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 five provisions:
The safety and quality of the milk is ensured through systematic identification and management of hazards throughout the supply chain:
100% Australian Cow’s Milk
The raw milk is sourced from cows that naturally produce the A2-β casein protein.
Theland A2-β casein whole milk (1L) contains no added colouring agents, sweeteners, gelatin, or preservatives.
This product contains calcium, an important source of nutrition for building strong, dense bones early in life, and keeping bones strong and healthy in later life.
This product contains 100% natural protein. Protein is important for the growth and repair of the body’s cells and for building muscle.
The stated level of protein is based on a calculated average, actual protein levels may vary slightly between batches.