Milk Production at the Farm
The safety of the milk and milk products enjoyed by New Hampshire citizens begins at the farm level. Milk producers take care to ensure their products are of good quality when they leave the farms. It is the role of the Dairy Sanitation Inspection and Licensing Program to monitor the production of raw milk. All dairy farms that sell milk to processing plants are required to hold permits issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. Food Protection's Dairy Sanitation Licensing and Inspection Program inspects these dairy farms at least once every six months to make sure the conditions on the farms meet New Hampshire standards. Samples of milk and water are collected and tested to check quality.
- Starting a Dairy in New Hampshire
- CDC Letter to State Epidemiologists About Ongoing Public Health Hazard of Consuming Raw Milk
Milk Pasteurization Plants
Milk pasteurization plants provide a critical step to ensure the safety of the milk and milk products available to New Hampshire citizens. These milk plants may produce fluid milk, yogurt, cheese or ice cream. All milk plants located within New Hampshire are required to be licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Dairy Sanitation Inspection and Licensing Program inspects the milk plants regularly to make sure the plants comply with all regulations. The Program also conducts complicated tests on milk pasteurizers at least once every 3 months to ensure the milk and milk products are processed and handled properly. Samples of pasteurized milk and milk products are collected and tested to check for quality and proper pasteurization.
Both milk plant inspection and farm inspection are standardized under a national cooperative program that includes all fifty states, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the dairy industry.
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