WEBINAR | DSA Laboratory Tests

By Food Focus on 21 July 2021


The Dairy Standard Agency’s primary objective is promoting compliance of milk and other dairy products with product composition, food safety and metrology standards.

DSA has a responsibility towards the consumer and other role players in the market to ensure that the products offered for sale are safe for human consumption and comply with legal specifications.

The national monitoring of milk and dairy products is done in collaboration with municipal health authorities. It entails that milk and dairy product samples are taken quarterly throughout South Africa with the assistance of the EHP’s at local municipalities. DSA collects all the samples at the municipalities and testing is done at DSA Lab Services.

In this webinar, the following will be shared:

  • Riana will discuss the basic principles of the laboratory tests performed by the DSA Lab Services. 
  • Jacqueline will focus on the interpretation of the test results and how to rectify non-conformances.

Download Webinar 6 Laboratory test by DSA Lab services RE.pdf

Download Webinar 6 Interpretation Lab Results JO.pdf

Riana Erlank
(Dairy Standard Agency)

Riana achieved a National Diploma Microbiology at the Technikon Witwatersrand in 1985 and in 2001 achieved a B Tech Food Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology.


Work experience

  • January 1990-1998:  Agricultural Research Council-Irene, Meat Microbiology.  Senior research technician in the Meat microbiology laboratory. 
  • January 1999-May 2008:  Irene Analytical Services. 
    In 1999 she was appointed Head of the Food Microbiology Laboratory.    
  • June 2008: Lactolab as the Senior Technician as well as Quality Manager.
  • Merieux NutriSciences when they bought Lactolab 2016-2017
  • Dairy Standard Agency from 2018

Jacqueline Odendaal
(Dairy Standard Agency)

Jacqueline achieved a BSc (Agric) Food Science & Technology degree at the University of Pretoria in 1999.

She started her career at the Training Board for the Dairy Industry where she discovered her passion for training and development.

 The Training Board ceased to exist in 2000 which led to a new direction in her career. She was employed by Sensory Assignments Africa and later McCormick SA to conduct market research in the food industry by means of sensory evaluation.

 Her passion for training remained and she, fortunately, got the opportunity to return to the dairy industry as a training consultant for SAMPRO (South African Milk Processors Organisation) and later had the exciting experience of being part of Creating Competence.

 Currently, she is part of the Dairy Standard Agency team as Technical Manager, where she assists with information, communication and education programs in workgroups, provides consultation and acts in an advisory role to milk producers and dairy processing companies.