Milk Grade A
Grade "A" milk and milk products such as fluid/bottled milk; cottage cheese; yogurt; dry milk and milk products including whey. FEDERAL REGULATORY AUTHORITY: Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration (FDA) FDA develops, along with the 50 States and Puerto Rico, a model document called the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) that is adopted as the Grade "A" milk law in the 50 States and Puerto Rico. In Michigan, the Grade "A" Law of 2001 adopts the PMO as law. All Grade "A" products must come from dairy farms and dairy plants that meet the requirements of the PMO in order to be shipped interstate. FDA publishes a quarterly "Interstate Milk Shipper's List of qualified sources of Grade "A" raw milk and processed milk products to ship interstate. FDA provides oversight to develop and maintain a uniform interpretation of the PMO nationwide. They "Check Rate" all groups of dairy farms and dairy plants approximately every five years to evaluate compliance with the PMO. GRADE A MILK LAW OF 2001 Act 266 of 2001 AN ACT to regulate the production, transportation, handling, processing, delivery, and sale of grade A milk and milk products; to define grade A milk and milk products and to establish standards and requirements for grade A milk and milk products; to provide for dairy food safety; to provide for the sampling, sampling analysis, and transportation of milk and milk products; to regulate the labeling, manufacture, distribution, and sale of milk and milk products for the protection of the consuming public and to prevent fraud and deception by prohibiting the misbranding, adulteration, manufacture, distribution, and sale of milk and milk products; to provide for enforcement; to provide for licenses and permits and revocation of licenses and permits; to impose certain fees; to require certain security arrangements of milk plants to ensure the prompt payment of producers; to prescribe powers and duties of certain state departments and officers; to provide for uniform standards and uniform inspection; to provide for promulgation of rules; to provide for certain remedies and penalties; and to repeal acts and parts of acts.