AQ Assured by AsureQuality, New Zealand’s Government-owned food assurance company.
This product is made in New Zealand with milk sourced from a pasture based dairy farming system.
New Zealand is the world leader in the production of lower carbon footprint milk (total greenhouse gas emissions per kg of product), compared with other major milk producing nations.
The cows live outside on paddocks throughout the year, roaming freely under New Zealand’s typical 2,000 annual sunshine hours.
Cows are typically milked a maximum of twice a day during the peak dairy season, reducing to once a day during the lower season.
The cows graze on *fresh pasture as their primary food source. In New Zealand, over the entire dairy season there is on average approximately 1 hectare of farmland for every 2-3 cows.
To ensure efficient use of farmland and continuous supply of pasture, fields are rotated regularly with cow herds being allocated to a specific paddock during each **rotation.
*To ensure that their nutritional needs are met, the cows are provided with supplementary feed during winter and poor weather conditions.
**Dairy farming practices in New Zealand vary depending on region and season, as climate factors influence grass growth and nutrition.
The safety and quality practices in place across the supply chain have been verified, including the milk source; New Zealand’s lower carbon milk system.
Select into any part of the supply chain to view the verified activities and assurances at each step.
Milk is not collected if the temperature, colour or flavour is not to the highest specification.
Milk is transported from farms to the processing factory. The factory is registered with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA).
The factories that pack Theland milk include cleaner energy models that lower the carbon footprint.
Theland’s milk from New Zealand’s Taupo region in the North Island is packed at one of just two dairy factories in the world powered by geothermal energy, using nature’s heat from under the ground to power the factory.
The factory that packs Theland milk from New Zealand’s South Island undertake internationally accredited EcoVadis audits that evaluate compliance with global standards, including environmental management.
The container is loaded onto an approved vehicle for delivery to the wharf.
The containers of product are delivered from the factory to the wharf.
The transport company that makes this delivery must have a current New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries Risk Management Program before it can freight any dairy products, as per the Animal Products Act, 1999.
The transport company is audited regularly by accredited personnel to ensure that standards are being met and maintained.
The approved shipping company receive the containers at the wharf and prepare the shipment.
New Zealand and China have a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) signed between the People’s Republic of China and New Zealand in 2008, the first free trade agreement that China has signed with any developed country.
The shipping company must ensure that the products are accompanied by all EAD (export accompanied documents) that is required by the importing country, including:
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 their country.
Once cleared, the product is sent to the distribution warehouse.
The products arrive at the warehouse, where they are managed using barcoding and traceability systems. No product leaves the warehouse until it receives a final quality check.
Theland’s New Zealand milk comes from cows that live outside on paddocks throughout the year.
Outdoor grazing is one factor that New Zealand dairy farmers leverage to achieve the world’s lowest carbon footprint for milk production. This is evidenced by international carbon benchmarking studies.
New Zealand’s dairy farmers are committed to ensuring that the dairy sector remains an efficient producer of low emissions milk by working to further reduce the greenhouse gas emissions produced on farm.
Reduction targets for greenhouse emissions (carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane) are outlined within the New Zealand’s Government Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Act.
Theland UHT milk is produced in compliance with New Zealand's Resource Management Act (2009), and local council Resource Management Plans, which set out rules and regulations around management of the New Zealand environment. These rules include:
• Disposing of waste in ways that prevent pollution
• Controlling manufacturing emissions to ensure air quality is maintained
• Using only approved chemicals in a way that will not harm the environment
• Operating within a safe distance of waterways to avoid erosion and protect water quality
All milk suppliers for Theland products are required to meet the New Zealand Animal Welfare Standards.
The standards require animals to be allowed the following five freedoms:
• Freedom to display normal patterns of behaviour
• Freedom from thermal and physical discomfort
• Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition
• Freedom from distress
• Freedom from, or rapid treatment of, illness or injury
Theland Partly Skimmed UHT milk, 3.6g protein is laboratory tested for quality and safety throughout the production process using both factory (in-house) and independent, accredited laboratories.
Testing is undertaken at each step from raw milk collection, during processing, and again upon completion of the final product.
This testing regime also ensures final products meet the nutritional descriptions on their label.
Samples are also tested for harmful bacteria or other contaminants.
New Zealand has Acts and Regulations to ensure all dairy products produced are safe for consumers and that manufacturers use fair and sustainable practices. All dairy products must comply with the Animal Products Act, 1999 and all milk suppliers must meet the New Zealand Animal Welfare standards.
These regulations include:
• No hormones or growth promotants are permitted
• All food safety hazards must be controlled using Codex based HACCP principles
• All chemicals used on a manufacturing site must be approved by the Government Ministry for Primary Industries
• Hygiene standards for facilities, equipment and people must be met.
• All producers, manufacturers, transporters, packing and storage facilities operate a Risk Management Programme.
This product meets the market access requirements of the countries to which it exports.
The contract processor’s factory environment, processes and records are routinely audited in order to uphold their Risk Management Programme (RMP), Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) and other certifications.
There are also unannounced regulatory (Ministry for Primary Industries) audits conducted randomly to ensure compliance.
The 100% raw milk sourced from New Zealand is standardised according to CODEX regulations.
Theland UHT Milk contains no added colouring agents, sweeteners, thickening agents, 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.
This product packaging is in the process of being upgraded. The pre-upgraded product name is Theland UHT Partly Skimmed Milk 3.6g protein Slimline (250mL).