Safe and fresh

UK roll-out of Arla Foods’s farm assurance programme, Arlagården, focusing on milk quality, food safety and animal welfare.

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FOOD SAFETY AND FRESHNESS GO HAND IN HAND

For us, quality and safety are synonymous with freshness. We monitor the quality of our milk, testing it several times during its journey to you. The results are documented to ensure the consistency of quality, safe products.

AS FRESH AS IT GETS

Our farmers milk their cows every day. Straight after milking, the milk is cooled to a safe storage temperature on the farm. We then collect the milk from our farms every, or every other day, so when the milk reaches the dairy it is as fresh as it can be.

WORLD-CLASS ASSURANCE PROGRAMME IN THE UK

October 2015 sees the UK roll-out of Arla Foods’s farm assurance programme, Arlagården, which focuses on milk quality, food safety and animal welfare. Already in operation in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, the assurance programme ensures all 12,700 Arla farmers are assessed to the same standards. In the UK, Arla and Red Tractor have worked closely together during the development of Arlagården and Arla is fully supportive of the existing Red Tractor scheme. Arla farmers will continue to meet the Red Tractor requirements but in order to implement Arlagården and its additional 16 standards efficiently and effectively across the 3,000 UK farmers who supply Arla; both schemes will be assessed at the same time.

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FREE FROM ANTIBIOTICS AND HORMONES

Arla farmers do not give hormones to their cows to increase the amount of milk they produce. The cows do fine on their own, and when they’re well-fed and looked after, they will each produce 25-30 litres of high quality, nutritious milk each day. Arlagården places emphasis on ensuring farmers work closely with their vet to ensure antibiotics are used as little as possible, but as much as necessary. Arlagården will require farmers to only use antibiotics for curing or alleviating diseases and illness rather than for preventive purposes. If a cow does get sick, it may be treated with antibiotics. If this happens, the cow’s milk is separated from the other milk and is not included in the milk that goes to the dairy. The vet will decide when the treatment is complete. We always document when antibiotics are given to each and every cow.

TRACEABILITY BACK TO THE FARM

The origin of our milk is fully traceable. We know which farmer’s milk was delivered by each tanker to the dairy , and we know which cows were at the farm.

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