Camel milk gets new regulator

By Jamie Salter

The Victorian camel milk industry will now be under the control of Dairy Food Safety Victoria.

Camel milk was the only milk not listed on Dairy Food Safety Victoria, and was previously regulated by local council under health regulations.

Kyabram's Camel Milk Co assistant manager Tee Rowe said she was excited for the change.

“Not being under Dairy Food Safety Victoria has been costly for us because we have to get a special exemption,” she said.

“We have three different licensing bodies we have to answer to and pay to do an audit, which costs us a lot more money.

“Time gets wasted proving to overseas countries that we have a licence.”

Camel Milk Co has been lobbying for the change after being told in January last year that it would pass in March.

Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum pushed the Federal Agriculture Department to develop a plan to improve the camel milk industry's export process.

“Dairy Food Safety will do our exporting for us, we already follow Dairy Food Safety Victoria guidelines anyway so it's just fine tuning now,” Ms Rowe said.

“Being under Dairy Food Safety Victoria will give us a director and a main source of useful information.

“The camel milk industry hasn't come together so having the same rules will be of benefit to us.”

Ms Rowe said people were increasingly recognising the health benefits of camel milk and that it was here to stay.