Dairy Industry Facts

Milk Safety

From the farm to the processing plant to your local grocery store, the dairy industry works in concert with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure the safety and quality of dairy products made in the United States. The FDA works closely with state regulatory officials to impose the Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO). Created by the U.S. Public Health Service, the PMO sets the standards for milk production, milk hauling, pasteurization, product safety, equipment sanitation and labeling.

Processing plants have additional oversight and also have routine inspections to ensure quality and safety. Many processing plants have adopted the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system to voluntarily monitor the manufacturing process and develop plans to minimize risk.

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