Current compliance campaigns

Dairy sanitisers

Dairy sanitisers are used widely in milk production facilities and play an important role in the Australian dairy industry. In late 2014 the APVMA became aware of concern in the industry about the possible substitution of active constituents in some sanitiser products.

In addition to investigating complaints received the APVMA commenced a program of activity to raise compliance awareness of holders of dairy sanitiser products, which included:  writing to registrants to remind them of the importance of keeping their registration and label particulars accurate and up-to-date; following up minor issues with holders and assisting voluntary returns to compliance; and investigation of serious instances of non-compliance.

As a result of our investigation the APVMA issued one company (and company director) infringement notices of $20,400 for the supply of a product with constituents and labelling that had not been approved by the APVMA.

The APVMA continues to monitor the market place and will shortly undertake chemical testing of some market ready products.

Pool products

Pool chemicals are important products that keep Australian families safe, especially during the hot summer months. It is just as important for suppliers to check that the products they supply are registered by the APVMA. We take pool products seriously because they play such an important role in protecting the health of pool users.

The APVMA commenced some specific awareness raising activities for pool and spa shops in January this year with a mail out to a sample of retail stores nationally including guidance material. The message was also picked up in industry association communications which was of great assistance. In March this year we followed up with inspections of retail premises in Queensland and Western Australia. The retailers inspected demonstrated a generally high level of compliance. We are continuing to work with some retailers and suppliers to assist with some minor labelling issues.

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