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The FDA's Cooperative Milk Safety Program aims to provide assistance to the states in the prevention of communicable diseases and in the implementation and enforcement of their milk regulations, and to advise states on matters relating to the preservation and improvement of public health as it relates to the production and distribution of fluid milk and milk products for human consumption.
Questions regarding the Milk Safety Program and how DFSR can assist you? Contact Linda Collins.
Under this program FDA has several responsibilities, including:
- Promoting the adoption, implementation and enforcement of regulatory standards as provided in the model Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO)
- Standardization/certification of personnel
- Quarterly publication of compliance and enforcement ratings
- Conducting check-ratings and single-service audits for sanitation compliance of listed shippers
- Issuing interpretations
- The evaluation and approval of milk laboratories
- The biennial evaluation of state milk control programs
The FDA State Cooperative Milk Safety Program was established under a MOU, signed in 1977, between the FDA Commissioner and the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). This MOU delineates both FDA's and the States' responsibilities as listed in the "Procedures Governing the Cooperative State-Public Health Service/Food and Drug Administration Program for Certification of Interstate Milk Shippers" and the various documents referenced in it.
- Provide for the safety and wholesomeness of dairy and food products to the consumer.
- Provide a specialized FDA presence that had not previously been available in regulated firms.
- Provide oversight, training, and direction that had not previously been available to state regulatory inspection programs.
- Capture data for state inspections, sampling, regulatory actions, and state resources for the FDA FACTS Data System that had not previously been available.
- Fulfill the agency full time employee (FTEs) responsibilities to inspect, sample, and provide compliance oversight to these regulated industries.
Milk Safety Program Policy, Guidance and other Resources:
***CFSAN's Milk Safety Webpage***: This webpage (maintained by CFSAN) contains numerous critical resources for the Milk Safety Program, including: