GL 074 NCIMS Requirements for the Inclusion of Other Dairy Species into PMO
This guideline details the process of bringing a new “other dairy species” under the regulations of the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO). The PMO governs the sale of pasteurized milk in the US across state lines to a nationwide market. The requirements of the PMO are designed to protect public health from a milk safety perspective and to ensure regulatory uniformity between states. The PMO addresses laboratory test methods and test standards as well as dairy farm and processing plant sanitary and inspection requirements. The process of acceptance of a new “other dairy species” into the PMO is through the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). Requirements include presentation of research data to prove that existing or new PMO test methods and test standards are accurate when used with the milk of the new “other dairy species.” This Guideline details the requirements for acceptance of a new “other dairy species” into the PMO for the purpose of production, processing, and distribution of Grade “A” pasteurized milk products to a nationwide market.