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M-I-02-4: Methods of Including Receiving and Transfer Stations in the IMS

HHS:PHS:FDA:CFSAN:OFP:DCP:MSB
 
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
        College Park, MD 20740-3835
 
          	                  M-I-02-4
 
       	          April 11, 2002
 
 
TO:  	All Regional Food and Drug Directors

Attn:     Regional Milk Specialists
 
FROM:  	Milk Safety Branch (HFS-626)
 
SUBJECT:  	Methods of Including Receiving and Transfer Stations in the IMS
          Listing
 
 
Proposal 301, which was accepted by the Delegates at the 2001 NCIMS Conference,
eliminated the publication of sanitation compliance rating scores for transfer
and receiving stations and dairy plants in the IMS LIST - Sanitation Compliance
and Enforcement Ratings of Interstate Milk Shippers.  This has resulted in
various listing concerns. For example, in some cases it has been difficult to
determine from the IMS List whether a designated receiving and/or transfer
station is included in the listing, especially those listed in conjunction with
a Bulk Tank Unit (BTU).
 
This memorandum is to provide a uniform method for submitting Form FDA 2359i,
"Interstate Milk Shippers Report" for IMS Ratings of Receiving and/or Transfer
Stations that will clarify this issue.
 
Effectively immediately, when Receiving or Transfer Stations are rated, either
separately or in conjunction with BTU's, they are to be included in Block 1.
NAME OF SHIPPER:  as the name of the entity or company, followed by the words
"Receiving Station" or "Transfer Station", as applicable.  If necessary, you may
use (RS) for "Receiving Stations" or (TR) for "Transfer Stations" should the
shipper's name exceed the thirty-four (34) maximum characters and spaces allowed
for publication in the IMS List.
 
 
EXAMPLE #1: Receiving or Transfer Station Only
 
1. NAME OF SHIPPER:
 
      USA Milk ASSN RECEIVING (or TRANSFER) STA
 
 
 
EXAMPLE #2: Receiving or Transfer Stations with a BTU (Farms)
 
1. NAME OF SHIPPER:
 
      USA PRODUCERS ASSN BTU and-RS (or TR)
 

 
Also, please circle either "RECEIVING" or "TRANSFER" station, as appropriate,
under Number 7. SURVEY DATA:, and fill in the required information under this
column.  This will provide our resource person, Ms. Charlotte Epps, with the
information she needs to properly identify the shipper in the IMS list.
 
 
Copies of this memorandum are enclosed for distribution to Regional Milk
Specialists, State Milk Regulatory Agencies and State Milk Sanitation Rating
Officers in your region. This memorandum will also be available on the FDA Web
site at http://www.cfsan.fda.gov at a later date and should be widely
distributed to representatives of the dairy industry and other interested
parties.
 
 
 
 
 
 
CAPT Richard Eubanks, RS, MPH		CAPT Robert F. Hennes, RS, MPH
Sr. Milk Sanitation Officer 				Chief
Milk Safety Branch					Milk Safety Branch
 
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M-I-02-4	1	April 11, 2002