THE Age newspaper is reporting that Victorian food safety regulator, Dairy Food Safe Victoria, is investigating allegations that milk products from Saputo in Gippsland may have been carried in an external contractor’s tankers used to carry food waste and animal stockfeed.

Canadian-owned Saputo Dairy Australia, which is behind some of Australia’s best-known milk and cheese brands including Coon and Sungold, is said to have responded to the article, by award-winning journalist Richard Baker, saying it takes the allegations “extremely seriously” and is conducting its own investigation.

The trucking contractor at the centre of the probe is a Maffra-based bulk-milk transport firm.

Metal filings alleged to be from beer cans were reportedly found in one of the tankers.

The residue was reportedly discovered by Saputo staff at Leongatha.

It is also alleged the transport firm may have started transporting Saputo milk products before it applied for a licence.

Saputo entered the Victorian dairy market in 2014 when it bought a majority stake in Warrnambool Cheese and Butter. In 2018, it completed a $1.3 billion takeover of Murray Goulburn.

Saputo is yet to formally respond to the allegations.