Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Regulations Governing Grade "A" Milk [2 VAC 5 ‑ 490]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Amend 2 VAC 5-490 Regulations Governoring Grade "A" Milk
Action 3286
General Information
Action Summary The proposed regulation adopts the provisions of the 2009 revision of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO). The PMO is a federal model regulation for states to adopt to govern the production, processing, distribution and sale of grade “A” milk and milk products. The requirements in the PMO are established under a cooperative state and federal program operated in cooperation with the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipment (NCIMS). NCIMS is composed of dairy industry representatives, state milk regulatory personnel, federal representatives from the Food and Drug Administration and academia. The NCIMS holds a conference every two years for the purpose of considering changes to the requirements of the PMO. The PMO establishes minimum standards for individual dairy farms, dairy plant processors and state regulatory programs to comply with Interstate Milk Shipment (IMS) ratings. Milk from grade “A” farm supplies and dairy processors must achieve acceptable rating scores on IMS ratings in order to be shipped in interstate commerce. IMS ratings provide the mechanism for the orderly marketing of milk and milk products in the United States. Compliance with IMS rating requirements is essential to maintain the ability of Virginia dairy farms and plants to market their products outside of Virginia.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: §§ 2.2-4000, et seq. and 3.2-5206(C)
RIS Project Yes  [002395]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
5543 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/20/2010.
5726 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/10/2010.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Pamela Miles  / Program Manager, Office of Dairy and Foods
Address: P. O. Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Phone: (804)786-8899    FAX: (804)371-7792    TDD: (800)828-1120

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.