Food safety and traceability
Our standards

Food safety and traceability

We know that you will only keep buying our products if our milk, yoghurt, cheese and butter both tastes great and helps keep you healthy.

Arla farmers have their own, unique, quality programme Arlagården® that sets high standards for how milk is produced. We always know from which farms the milk in your Arla products come from.

On our Dairies all products are produced under the highest possible food safety system and all dairies are accredited according to one or more quality and food safety standards. We have a comprehensive training schedule and make sure we’re inline with all the latest technologies.

If we unexpectedly find any breach, anywhere, you can be sure that we will respond immediately to report to the relevant food authorities, call back potentially affected products, find the cause and solve the problem.

How do we ensure product quality?

When we produce milk, cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products, it is crucial that each product meets the high quality standards that give our consumers confidence in our products.

In our production, we mainly work according to ISO standards:

  • ISO 9000 – quality management in general
  • ISO 22000 –  a specific tool for managing food safety

By using ISO standards our product quality and food safety are accredited by a third party. In Arla we also operate our own policies for the area as well as other standards depending on demands from markets and customers.

In the first instance, food safety is all about preventive action that we carry out through working systematically with HACCP, (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). This means that we risk assess production methods in relation to three main risks: Biological, physical, and chemical risks. 


In partnership with our suppliers, we ensure that no unwanted allergens are present in our products. Where allergens occur, we ensure that the products are labelled. 

Should accidents happen

Arla’s objective is to supply products that are flawless in terms of quality. However, as it is impossible to provide a 100 per cent guarantee that errors never occur in food production, there are clear procedures in place should accidents happen. A product is recalled if it is deemed to have a negative effect on the consumer.


Arla’s first dairy was accredited in 1994 (at that time MD Foods)
Today, all Arla’s dairies are accredited according to one or more quality/food safety standards.

Our responsibility

We want to grow and we care about how we do it. We want to be a responsible company with a responsible mindset and relations.

Our responsibility