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Regulations Governing the Cooling, Storing, Sampling and Transporting of Milk [2 VAC 5 ‑ 501]
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Chapter Information
Description A regulation that establishes: (1) the requirement for a permit from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to operate a milk-hauling business or to sample, measure, or collect milk from refrigerated tanks used to store milk on dairy farms; (2) milk cooling and storage temperature requirements as well as minimum construction and installation requirements for equipment used to cool, store, or transport milk; (3) and uniform procedures which must be used by permitted milk haulers for collection of milk samples.
State Authority Sections 3.2-5206 , 3.2-5223 , and 3.2-5224 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. The protection of the public's health, safety, and welfare with the least possible cost and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.

2. The ensuring of the safety and quality of milk produced in Virginia by establishing temperatures at which milk must be kept on the farm and in the dairy plant, and by establishing equipment-design, construction, installation, and use requirements which protect milk from contamination during storage, transfer, and delivery.

3. The establishment of standards to be used in collecting and evaluating milk samples.
Meetings See all meetings (3) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Ryan Davis  / Program Manager, Office of Dairy and Foods
Address: P.O. Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address: Ryan.Davis@vdacs.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)786-8899    FAX: (804)371-7792    TDD: (800)828-1120
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Adopt 2017 Pasteurized Milk Ordinance and update Virginia-specific provisions Fast-Track Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry review in progress.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
CH 0501 Amendments to regulations governing the cooling, storing, sampling and tra Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/25/2016.
Changing Title 3.1 references to Title 3.2 as a result of the recodification of Title 3.1
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/04/2009.
Amending 2VAC5-501 Based on Recommendations by the Attorney General's Government and Regulatory Reform Task Force Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 06/12/2008.
Cooling Milk/Milk Samples Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/26/2005.

Past Periodic Reviews
Date Filed Status
6/10/2015 Amend
9/24/2007 Amend