Md. Code Regs. 10.15.09.16 - Dairy Farm Requirements
Current through Register Vol. 49, No. 8, April 8, 2022
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.16 Dairy Farm Requirements.
A. The inspection area for a dairy farm includes the:
(1) Adjacent storage areas;
(2) Cow yard and cattle housing areas;
(3) Milk house;
(4) Milking barn, stable, or parlor;
(5) Surrounding area;
(6) Waste disposal areas; and
(7) Water supply and its distribution system.
B. A milk producer shall ensure that:
(1) Construction of all equipment, milking barns, stables, parlors, milk houses, and each animal housing area complies with the requirements of the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance and Regulation .15 of this chapter, as applicable;
(2) Water used at a dairy farm:
(a) Be obtained from a water supply system that complies with:
(i) Environment Article, Title 9, Annotated Code of Maryland;
(ii) COMAR 26.04.04.; and
(iii) The Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance;
(b) Be installed in a manner that prevents backflow or back-siphoning;
(c) Be separate from a nonpotable water supply system so that nonpotable water cannot be drawn or discharged into the potable water supply system;
(d) Provide hot and cold running water in areas where milk processing equipment is washed; and
(e) Have sufficient water capacity, pressure, and hot water generation and distribution available to meet peak demands throughout the washing system;
(3) Hand sinks have:
(i) Hot and cold running water under pressure; or
(ii) Warm running water;
(b) A supply of hand-cleaning soap or detergent; and
(c) A sanitary means of drying hands, such as individual towels or a hand-drying device;
(4) A sewage system is constructed and operated in conformance with applicable State and local laws, ordinances, and regulations and the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance;
(5) Toilet facilities are constructed and operated in conformance with applicable State and local laws, ordinances, and regulations and the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance;
(6) Plumbing is sized, installed, and maintained in accordance with applicable State and local plumbing laws, ordinances, and regulations; and
(7) Electrical systems and lighting requirements comply with State and local electrical laws, ordinances, and regulations, and the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.