The Dairy Laboratory performs bacteriological and chemical analyses on dairy samplessubmitted by MD Center for Milk & Dairy Product Safety from a variety of farm/plant sourcesunder the auspices of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Milk Program. Rangingfrom raw milk to frozen dessert milk samples, the Dairy Lab examines for the presence ofindicator organisms, antibiotic residual testing, determination of the pasteurization process,and microscopic examination of somatic cells. The laboratory analyzes dairy samples derivedfrom cow, goat, and sheep origins.
As an FDA State Primacy Dairy Laboratory, the analytical data produced is used inenforcement to ensure compliance with the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO). The Grade “A”Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) is a set of minimum standards and requirements that areestablished by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for regulating the production,processing and packaging of Grade A milk.
The Maryland Department of Health, Laboratories Administration, Division of EnvironmentalSciences-Dairy Laboratory must perform FDA-approved methods to be certified for analysisof milk products. Individual analysts are certified for milk product analysis by participation ina yearly proficiency test scheme, and a triennial on-site evaluation.
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