National Milk Agency

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Information about the FOI Body

Establishment of agency

The National Milk Agency was established under the Milk (Regulation of Supply) Act, 1994 to regulate the supply of milk for liquid consumption throughout the State.

The governing body of the Agency consists of an independent chairman appointed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and 13 ordinary members of which 5 producer members are directly elected by registered producers. The 4 processor members, 2 consumer members, 1 distributor member and 1 retailer member are all nominated by trade organisations and appointed by the Minister.

The Agency is funded by a levy of 0.115c/l on liquid milk purchases at farm and processor level and has a staff of 5.

Roles/Responsibilities/Functions

The role of the Agency is ensuring the availability of an all year round domestic supply of fresh milk for consumers on the home market.

Milk produced within the State cannot be sold or supplied for liquid consumption unless it has been purchased under a contract between a registered producer and a registered processor.

Liquid milk producers registered with the Agency are specialist milk producers who contract to supply milk to registered processors and whose premises have reached the required quality standards.

Corporate Plans and Strategies

The Agency has a Statement of Strategy from June 2015 to June 2020. A copy can obtained by contacting the National milk Agency at (01) 6603396.

Annual Report

The Annual Report is available on the download link below.

Organisation and Grading Structures

The Agency’s current staffing complement is 5 full-time staff as follows:

External Auditor: Deloitte & Touche

Internal Auditor: Mr. Alan Waterhouse

Location and Contact details

The Agency is located at IPC House, 35-39 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Phone: 01 6603396

Email: natmilk@eircom.net

Customer Charter

Our Customer Charter can be accessed here:

Codes of Practice and Guidelines

The Agency has implemented the Revised Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2015.

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