Milk Handling & Quality Control

Providing high-quality milk has long been a high priority in the United States. In 1924, the Public Health Service developed the Standard Milk Ordinance. This was available for adoption on a voluntary basis by state and local milk control agencies. The legal rules for implementation of the ordinance were established in 1927.

Times change. Today the Public Health Service is known as the United States Food and Drug Administration and the ordinance, in its current form, is called the Grade A - Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.

Purpose of the Grade A - Pasteurized Milk Ordinance:

  • Promote increased milk consumption.
  • Protect public health.

FDA's role today:

  • Set standards for content and labeling of milk and milk products.
  • Provide technical assistance to states for the implementation and enforcement of their milk regulations through the Federal/State Milk Safety Cooperative Program.
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