Food Safety and Quality

Our commitment extends through every step of our supply chain

Why is food safety and quality important?

Effective national food control systems are essential to protect the health and safety of domestic consumers.

They are also critical in enabling countries to assure the safety and quality of their foods entering international trade and to ensure that imported foods conform to national requirements.

The new global environment for food trade places considerable obligations on both importing and exporting countries to strengthen their food control systems and to implement and enforce risk-based food control strategies. 

Consumers are taking an unprecedented interest in the way food is produced, processed and marketed, and are increasingly calling for their Governments to accept greater responsibility for food safety and consumer protection.

According to the world health organisation (WHO), there are multiple reasons to have effective food safety and quality system in place for any food manufacturing.

Key reasons are mentioned below:

  • The increasing burden of foodborne illnesses
  • Rapidly changing food processing technologies
  • Developing scientific food control systems for consumer protection
  • Changing lifestyles across the globe
  • Growing consumer awareness and increasing demand for better information about the food contents.

According to the WHO, food safety and quality control should be based on the following key principles

  • Traceability -addressing the farm-to-table continuum
  • Establishing procedures for emergency hazards (e.g. recall of products)
  • Developing scientific food-control strategies
  • Shared responsibility among all stakeholders

Regulation globally may expand as governments seek to ensure appropriate oversight of food safety and public health concerns and to act on issues of public interest. Food scandals have prompted a higher regulatory and compliance focus in several countries to ensure control on overall supply chain responsibility and building new products with the presence or absence of certain organic/inorganic chemicals.

New Zealand food safety and quality

The New Zealand food safety system extends from “farm to fork”.

The objective of the food safety system is to provide safe and suitable food in New Zealand and for export.

In New Zealand, MPI (Ministry of Primary Industries) is responsible for legislation that covers all aspects of food safety, including production, processing, transport and retailing.

We follow stringent food safety and quality practices for giving the best quality ghee products to our consumers that are full of health benefits and nutrition and meet their expectations not only for health but also the rich taste and flavours our products bring to food prepared by our consumers.

Our Food Safety and Quality System ensures that we have a clear, consistent framework to deliver safe, quality products to our customers.

Food Safety and Quality at Milkio

Milkio was founded in 2016, with a sole purpose to be the world’s most trusted grass-fed ghee provider from New Zealand, by adhering to stringent standards of food safety and quality of New Zealand. 

We follow all four key principles prescribed by the WHO in their food safety guidelines.

Traceability -addressing the farm-to-table continuum

Our commitment extends through every step of our supply chain – right from our butter we source from our trusted partners through to end-consumers across multiple countries.

With an extremely mature New Zealand dairy industry we can proudly say that we can trace our raw materials to their source which comes from milk produced by grass-fed cows grazing around lush green pastures spread across New Zealand.

We commit ourselves to follow stringent quality control standards and take the utmost care when collecting and processing our ingredients. Our quality parameters are determined by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), and we can track the ingredients of each batch of ghee to the dairy farm from which it originated.

Since we buy our ingredients from New Zealand, all the stringent processes followed by New Zealand dairy industries are automatically applied to our products.

New Farmers are committed to the highest standards of quality control through regular on-farm testing as well as independent farm and environmental assessments.

At every farm, milk samples are taken, and the tankers use cutting-edge testing technology to ensure only the highest standard of milk is processed from New Zealand to convert into the milk fats that we source.

Establishing procedures for emergency hazards (e.g. recall of products)

We operate under Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) based quality programmes: the NZFSA registered RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME (RMP) for export Dairy-based products, and the NZFSA registered FOOD SAFETY PROGRAMME for domestic products for sale in Australia and New Zealand.

All quality parameters are confirmed by analysis at independent registered laboratories. Customer and country entry requirements are considered when preparing specifications. The entire range is produced at a sophisticated manufacturing facility, which is close to a port for quick and easy dispatch.

Developing scientific food-control strategies

Milkio Foods utilises dairy products that are BSE free, and foot and mouth disease-free. Dairy products are only purchased from top NZ manufacturers and are NZFSA certified for export. Milkio grass-fed ghee has also been granted Halal Certification by FIANZ.

Our quality is incomparable because we put care into every step of the way right until our products reach your kitchen. We start by using the best ingredients, by only using dairy from New Zealand.

We ensure that our farmers’ cattle are given a good feed (including ryegrass, cocksfoot, tall fescue) and farmed ethically, to provide quality dairy.

For our ghee, we use this pure grass-fed cow’s milk in the form of butter to carefully and delicately make aromatic ghee we know you will love.

We ensure rigorous testing and quality checks to guarantee customer satisfaction, and then our products are packaged to preserve freshness. All this handcrafted care is what makes Milkio one of a kind.

Shared responsibility among all stakeholders

Entire team Milkio is committed and passionate about providing only the best quality products our end consumers manufactured from the best quality ingredients that are sourced from the New Zealand dairy industry utilising milk fats coming from grass-fed cows.

Everyone in team Milkio, undergoes required training from time to time as necessary, about food safety and quality necessary for all dairy manufacturers in New Zealand.

We also work closely with our supply-chain partners to ensure, the also have necessary certificates, and same stringent norms followed so that we can pack products full of rich quality that reaches to our customers’ kitchens.