Md. Code Regs. - Plant Construction and Plan Submission

Current through Register Vol. 48, No. 26, December 17, 2021

Pursuant to Health-General Article, §§ 21-410, 21-411, and 21-413 for construction, reconstruction, or extensive alteration of a milk facility, a person shall submit to the Department:

A. A plan and specification before:
(1) A plant is constructed, reconstructed, or extensively altered;
(2) An existing building or structure is converted or remodeled for use as a plant;
(3) A plant process is added, replaced, relocated, or modified; or
(4) A clean-in-place (CIP), other washing system, or part of a CIP is added, modified, or replaced;
B. A plan and drawing bearing the name of a professional engineer or a representative of the company performing the work;
C. Contact information for the facility, including:
(1) The full name, title, and telephone number of each applicant;
(2) The name of the plant;
(3) The mailing address;
(4) The location; and
(5) Directions to the site;
D. A narrative describing the scope and purpose of the project, including a projected timeline from start to completion;
E. An estimate of the finished product output per day;
F. A sample product label for each product;
G. A list of the:
(1) Type of raw milk cheese to be processed and sold;
(2) Each raw ingredient and the ingredient source; and
(3) Single service container source;
H. A scale drawing showing the layout and arrangement of an area within and around the plant, including the:
(1) Processing area;
(2) Chemical storage;
(3) Dry storage;
(4) Ingredient and product storage;
(5) Receiving area;
(6) Load out area;
(7) Laboratory space;
(8) Office;
(9) Restroom facility;
(10) Locker or similar storage facility for the storage of personal items; and
(11) Separate area for employees to eat and drink beverages;
I. A scale drawing showing the location of all equipment, including the:
(1) Milk processing equipment;
(2) Milk tank and silo;
(3) CIP system;
(4) Glycol water tank;
(5) Recirculating cooling water tank;
(6) Boiler; and
(7) Boiler makeup tank;
J. A scale drawing showing the location of plumbing and each plumbing fixture, including the:
(1) Water line;
(2) Sewer line;
(3) Hand sink;
(4) Toilet;
(5) Utility sink;
(6) Utensil washing sink;
(7) Floor drain;
(8) Floor sink;
(9) Hose station; and
(10) Back flow prevention device;
K. A legend for each drawing;
L. Specifications for:
(1) Ventilation, including, but not limited to, the type and location of:
(a) An air filter;
(b) An air pump; and
(c) A compressor; and
(2) Construction material for the building and interior finish;
M. A list and description of boiler, glycol, and recirculating water additive and water treatment;
N. A description of the:
(1) Type of disposal for wastewater and sewage;
(2) Source and system for the facility's potable water supply;
(3) Lighting fixture and placement; and
(4) Recirculating cooling system;
O. Each specification sheet, including manufacturer and model number of the plant equipment;
P. A document that lists the flow for a products through the plant identifying each functional piece of equipment and each process used in processing and packaging;
Q. A CIP flow diagram from the makeup tanks through all equipment;
R. Information and drawings on how separation from product lines will be accomplished, if applicable;
S. Written step by step standard operating procedures for:
(1) Receiving, processing, aging, storing, and packaging of each type of farmstead cheese product;
(2) Drug residue testing;
(3) Cleaning and sanitization for all equipment;
(4) Cleaning and sanitization for the facility;
(5) Product trace back, inclusive of production/make sheet; and
(6) Product recall;
T. Pest and mite control program;
U. A specification and standard operating procedure for how wood shelving used in the aging of cheese will be:
(1) Designed;
(2) Installed;
(3) Used;
(4) Cleaned;
(5) Sanitized;
(6) Maintained; and
(7) Inspected by the farmstead cheese processor; and
V. Employee training and personal hygiene practices.


Md. Code Regs.
Regulation .14 adopted effective 43:6 Md. R. 407, eff.3/28/2016

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