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Dairy and COVID-19

As Australians navigate these unprecedented times, the Australian Dairy community is also proactively moving to adjust and adapt. We know dairy matters to Australians and we have seen changes to demand like never before. Across the supply chain, from our farmers to our processors, we are rapidly working to ensure Australians continue to have dairy on their table. Be reassured the dairy industry remains 'open for business'

Some frequently asked questions relating to dairy and COVID-19.

Can cows contract or spread COVID-19?

According to the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), there is no evidence that cows or other livestock can contract or spread COVID-19.

Can COVID-19 be spread through dairy foods?

No. The good news is we can safely consume dairy foods in the same way as we always have.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand have stated there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through food (1). Pasteurisation (heat treatment) is an additional measure to ensure dairy products are safe.

(1). https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/safety/Pages/NOVEL-CORONAVIRUS-AND-FOOD-SAFETY.aspx

Will dairy supply be affected in Australia?

We know dairy matters to Australians and we have seen changes to demand like never before. Across the supply chain, from our farmers to our processors, we are rapidly working to ensure Australians continue to have dairy on their table.

Dairy farmers milk their cows every day to provide fresh milk for dairy processors to turn into a variety of dairy products. All sectors of the dairy supply chain are reviewing their procedures and focusing on the safety of their people to ensure they can continue to provide you with healthy and nutritious dairy products. Dairy foods are seen as essential foods and we will work with all levels of government to ensure we are able to continue providing you with dairy products.

Here are also some questions from our You ask We Answer page on commonly asked questions relating to freezing and storing dairy.

Can you freeze milk?
Can you freeze cheese?
How should you best store gourmet cheese?
Is UHT milk as nutritious as chilled milk?
Is powdered milk as nutritious as chilled milk?
Can I use milk after the 'use by date'?

If you have more questions visit our You Ask, We Answer page.

Hear Dairy Australia’s Managing Director, David Nation’s industry statement.                     

Hear from Dairy Farmer Stuart Griffin