Surat District Co-Operative Milk Producers' Union Ltd
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +91 261 2537693
Phone: +91 261 2537694
Phone: +91 261 2531137
Fax: +91 261 2533572
Post Box No. 501, Sumul Dairy, Surat - 395 008, Gujarat, India
Surat, Gujarat 395008

Quality Assurance, Quality Control and I.S.O System:

A dedicated laboratory has been built at the entrance of Sumul-2 for the testing of both milk and non-milk products, including sugar, protein, fat, and more. During the analysis, chemical fumes are generated, which can be harmful to human health. However, an exhaust duct has been installed to promptly remove the fumes, ensuring the safety of the chemists working in the lab.

To conduct chemical analyses of non-milk products, we have equipped our lab with modem tools such as the Gerhardt protein analyzer and a Soxhlet apparatus for fat titration.

At the main laboratory of the institute, a dedicated and independent cold storage facility has been built for the storage of control samples of milk and various milk products. Previously, a temporary setup had been in operation for several years within the department, but the new facility now ensures safe and secure storage of control samples.

Quality Management System: (ISO: 9001: 2016)

To meet international standards for food safety, our union achieved ISO 9002:1994 certification by implementing a Quality Management System as early as the year 2000. This system was further updated to the ISO 9001:2000 standard in the same year. In 2008, both Sumul Dairy in Surat and the Lahe Plant in Nashik were certified under the ISO 9001:2008 standard.

To maintain quality, it is essential to remain vigilant throughout various stages, including cattle care, milk society operations, Bulk Chilling Units, Chilling Centres, and milk transportation. During all of these activities, it is necessary to take precautions and exercise care to ensure that good-quality milk is made available to customers. In October 2013, our Navi Pardi Centre also obtained ISO 9001:2008 certification. Since January 2017, the Navi Pardi Centre has been certified under the updated ISO 9001:2015 standard.

We have continuously improved the quality of milk step by step. At the rural level, six societies received ISO 9001:2000 certificates in 2005. In April 2010, an additional 26 societies were awarded ISO 9001:2008 certificates. Then, in April 2011, a survey was conducted by 'Sai—Global, Australia' at 49 milk societies, and all of them received ISO 9001:2008 certificates. In the year 2013-14, another 50 societies were certified under the ISO 9001:2008 standard, adhering to the quality management system.

All Bulk Chilling Units (BCUs) have been certified under the new standard ISO 9001:2015 since March 2017. In the year 2018-19, over 50 societies were awarded ISO 9001:2015 certificates within the quality management system, bringing the total number of societies with this certification to 523 by the year 2020-21. An additional 80 societies are set to be certified with ISO 9001:2015 in the year 2021-22.

Sumul Dan Factory, Bajipura got awarded ISO: 9001:2015 certificate by implementing Quality Management System.

Food Safety Management System: (ISO 22000:2005) And FSSC:

In the year 2000, by obtaining Codex (HACCP9000) certificate we became prepared with this design to maintain International Food Safety norms

In 2006, Food Safety Act as similar to ISO Standard 22000, by implementing such certificate was received in November, 2008. Also, in March 2014, all the Chilling Centers being certified with ISO: 22000:2005 food safety management. As per Food Safety Act and standard 2006, our responsibility will be up to “Grass to Glass”. To assure that milk doesn’t contain any harmful elements to health, Sumul dairy, Surat & Lahe plant (Nasik), both together being certified with ISO: 22000:2005 in the year 2008 by the SGS certification body operated from UK.

Sumul Bakery, Powder Plant & Icecream Plant at Navipardi also awarded ISO: 22000:2005 certificates by implementing Food Safety Management System.

In the March 2020, all the units of Sumul Dairy have been certified with ISO 22000:2018. Sumul Dairy, Surat and Navi Pardi have been certified with FSSC 22000. Sumul Dairy, Surat and Navi Pardi awarded with “Halal” certificate.

Management System (ISO) Training:

We conducted external training in manure protection and quality management, with a total of 45 employees from various departments, including Dairy Plant, Engineering, Lab, Marketing, Purchase, and HR, participating in ISO/FSSC 22000 Awareness Training provided by DNVGL.

We have provided ISO 45001:2018 (OH&S) training in accordance with the new standard through Internal Auditor, Lead Auditor, and Awareness training by BUREAU VERITAS. A total of 43 employees from Sumul Dairy have been appointed as Internal Auditors (OH&S) as a result of this training.