It is the responsibility of State and Federal regulatory agencies to uphold the supply of wholesome, quality food for the consumer. Without guidelines and regulations, the safety and quality of milk as we know it may not exist. The goal of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Division of Food and Recreational Safety is to obtain voluntary compliance in a manner that is mutually beneficial for the milk industry as well as the consumer.
Wisconsin's dairy inspection program operates under the requirements of the relevant Wisconsin regulations and the Food and Drug Administration's Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO). Compliance with the PMO is essential for Wisconsin's milk supply. The standards applied in Wisconsin follow national standards that allow milk and milk products to move without restriction in interstate commerce.
As the holder of a Milk Producers license, you have accepted certain responsibilities in order to sell a Grade A product. The information here is intended to assist you, the dairy producer, in meeting inspection criteria for Grade A dairies and understanding the elements that are addressed during the licensing and inspection of your facility.
As a milk producer, your contact with DATCP will mainly be with the Dairy Sanitarian assigned to your geographical area. This individual is trained in the field of milk sanitation and production and is qualified to help identify problems/violations that can affect the safety and quality of your milk. It is their responsibility to provide technical assistance when needed to help you remain in compliance with State and Federal regulations.
Please keep in mind the following:
Milk Producer requirements are in effect 365 days a year – not just during regulatory inspections. By performing your own inspections and maintaining your facility, you will help ensure you are within compliance.
The consuming public is depending on industry to produce a healthful, wholesome, high-quality product. You are the first step in this process.
We will work with you in a cooperative way to ensure the public interest is protected, and your products have unrestricted market access.