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Dairy & Dairy Product Manufacturing

Pennsylvania's Milk Sanitation Law and associated regulations govern the state's Milk Sanitation Program, and establishes mechanisms for inspections, certifications, and Interstate Milk Shippers ratings of permit holders and licensees.  Specific Milk Sanitation program responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide for the annual training and licensing of Pennsylvania approved inspectors and complete their certification for Grade 'A' farm inspection work every 3 years.
  • Complete regulatory inspections of milk, ice-cream, cheese, and other dairy products manufacturing plants on a regular basis.
  • Complete inspections of pasteurization equipment for milk and dairy products on a regular basis.
  • Complete interstate milk shippers program ratings of Grade 'A' bulk tank units, milk plants, and single service container manufacturers every 2 years.
  • Complete regulatory inspections of milk producer quality records every 6 months and bulk milk tankers each year.
  • Complete inspections of raw milk permit holders and their required records every 3 months.
  • Complete on-site certification of milk plant samplers and bulk milk weigher/ samplers on a periodic basis.
  • Complete plan reviews for new milking systems as well as for new dairy plant construction.  Review proposed milk and dairy food labeling for approval prior to use.
  • Provide oversight for dairy farm market changes
  • Complete routine sampling and special sampling responsibilities on a monthly basis.
  • Respond to consumer complaints and assist with required recalls.
BFSLS 431 Notice of Milk Prodrucer Action Report 3-2017 (003).pdf

Pennsylvania Weigher/Sampler Certification 

In conjunction with obtaining a Weigher/Sampler license through the PA Milk Marketing Board, individuals who perform in-field sampling of raw milk for pasteurization from bulk tanks, silos, and/or direct load systems shall obtain and maintain field certification of the sampling procedures.  The BFSLS issues this certification based on standards found in Appendix B of the latest version of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance
A list of certifications issued by the Department will be published on a quarterly basis. This certification is valid for 2 years.
To renew a Weigher/Sampler Field Certification, contact the assigned inspector for your county.