As part of our Business Continuity Plans (BCP) we are continually reviewing and monitoring the COVID-19 situation. As Australia and the individual states commence implementing escalating restrictions in response to COVID-19, some businesses have exemptions to ensure “essential services” continue as announced on the 22-MAR 2020.
We are currently in active discussion with the Victorian government to confirm verbal agreement on DTS Food Assurance (DTS) being listed as having “essential service” status for our 2 largest laboratories in our network, which are based in Melbourne. We are also in contact with the other local state governments for our regional laboratories to ensure that DTS is considered an “essential service” and as such is provided with special exemptions and assistance to ensure essential services continue to be provided to our clients, should the situation change in the future.
We understand the role that we play in ensuring the safety of food products is critical to the supply chain, even more so at times like these.
We are further reviewing our operational model to ensure compliance with strict requirements under the “essential services” provisions and this may include further changes to our operational model.
Further updates will be provided as more information is available.