Australian milk duds will soon be recalled as the Australian dairy industry faces a “milk diversion crisis”.
The ABC understands the dairy industry is facing a “diversion crisis” after a major spill in a milk pump in New South Wales.
Key points:The ABC has learnt that a milk truck driver accidentally spilled more than 50kg of milk onto the road, and the tanker had to be towedThe spill has led to more than $100,000 in fines being paid to the dairy, the ABC understandsThe truck driver was released on bail and is on the way to courtThe company has not disclosed the full extent of the damage, but a spokeswoman said the driver is currently “under the care of the emergency services”.
The spill occurred at the Port Pirie plant in the Northern Territory’s South West.
It is understood that the driver was trying to transport 50kg (120lb) of milk to a storage facility at the port when he spilled the contents of the truck onto the street.
The truck has since been towed to a safe location.
“We are aware of a milk diversion crisis involving milk truck drivers in the Australian Capital Territory,” a spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries told the ABC.
“The driver is on bail from the Port of Pirie, and is awaiting court appearance.”
The dairy has since issued a statement saying the truck driver had been released on a $100 bail.
“He has not been charged, and there is no suggestion he has committed any offences,” the statement said.
“Dairy operators in the region are aware that the milk diversion issue is a concern, and are working to ensure that dairy trucks are appropriately secured.”
Our response is to ensure all milk truck operators are properly secured and supervised and our operations remain safe.