2 Va. Admin. Code § 5-501-80 - Farm bulk milk pickup tanker and milk transport tank requirements

Current through Register Vol.. 38, No. 17, April 11, 2022

A. When picking up and transporting any milk in a bulk milk pickup tanker, each bulk milk hauler shall:
1. Practice good hygiene, maintain a neat and clean appearance, and abstain from using tobacco products in any milkhouse;
2. Conduct all pickup and handling practices to prevent contamination of any milk contact surface;
3. Pass the milk transfer hose through the hose port and remove the cap from the transfer milk hose and set it where it will not become contaminated and then attach the transfer milk hose to the tank outlet valve;
4. Wash his hands thoroughly and dry his hands with a clean single-service towel or electric forced air hand dryer immediately prior to measuring or sampling the milk in the tank;
5. Examine the milk in the tank by sight and smell for any off odor or any other abnormalities that would render the milk unacceptable and reject the milk if necessary;
6. Record the milk producer's name, milk producer's identification number, the date and time of pickup, the temperature of the milk, the measuring rod reading, the poundage, the name of the purchasing organization, and the signature of the bulk milk hauler on the producer's weight ticket;
7. Check the temperature of the milk in each farm bulk cooling or holding tank at least once a month with an accurately calibrated pocket thermometer after it has been properly sanitized;
8. Turn off the milk tank agitator if it is running when he arrives at the milkhouse or milkroom and allow the surface of the milk to become quiescent;
9. Carefully insert the measuring rod, after it has been wiped dry with a single-service towel, into the tank and then read the measurement. Each bulk milk hauler shall repeat this procedure until two identical measurements are obtained and then shall record the measurement on the weight ticket;
10. Agitate the milk in each tank holding 2,000 gallons or less of milk a minimum of five minutes before collecting any milk sample;
11. Agitate the milk in each tank holding more than 2,000 gallons of milk a minimum of 10 minutes before collecting any milk sample;
12. While the tank is being agitated, bring the sample container, dipper, dipper container, and sanitizing agent, or single service sampling tubes into the milkhouse aseptically;
13. While the tank is being agitated, remove the cap from the tank outlet valve and examine for milk deposits or foreign matter and then sanitize if necessary;
14. Remove the sample dipper or sampling device from the sanitizing solution and rinse it in the milk from the tank at least twice before collecting any official milk sample;
15. Collect two representative samples from each tank after the milk has been properly agitated, transferring the milk from the sample dipper to the sample container away from the tank opening to avoid spilling any milk back into the tank, and filling the sample containers only 3/4 full;
16. Rinse the sample dipper with water until it is free of visible milk and replace it in its carrying container;
17. Close the cover or lid of the bulk tank;
18. Identify each milk sample with the producer's patron or member number and the date of collection;
19. Collect at the first pickup for each load of milk two temperature samples and identify the temperature samples with the date, time, temperature of the milk, producer number, and name of the bulk milk hauler;
20. Place each milk sample collected immediately on ice in the sample storage cooler;
21. After collection of milk samples, open the outlet valve and start the pump to transfer the milk from the farm tank to the bulk milk pickup tanker;
22. Turn off the agitator once the level of milk in the tank has reached the level where over-agitation will occur;
23. Disconnect and cap the transfer hose after removing it from the outlet valve of the tank;
24. Observe the walls and bottom of the tank for foreign matter and extraneous material and record any objectionable observations on the weight ticket;
25. Rinse the entire inside of the tank with warm water while the tank outlet valve is open;
26. Use only sample containers and single-service sampling tubes that comply with all the requirements contained in Standard Methods for the Examination of Dairy Products, 17th Edition, 2004; 27. Cool and store all official milk samples to a temperature of 40°F or cooler, but not frozen;
28. Provide sufficient ice and water or other coolant in the sample storage cooler to maintain all milk samples at proper temperature;
29. Discard any milk that remains in the external transfer system that exceeds 45°F including any milk in pumps, hoses, and air elimination equipment or metering systems;
30. Protect samples from contamination and not bury the tops of sample containers in ice or bury sample containers above the milk level in the sample containers; and
31. Keep all producer milk samples that represent the commingled milk on the load with the load of milk until the load of milk has been received by a milk plant, receiving station, or transfer station or if rejected by a milk plant, receiving station, or transfer station until the milk samples are collected for official laboratory testing to determine the disposition of the load of milk; and
32. Deliver each bulk milk pickup tanker of commingled milk to a milk plant, receiving station, or transfer station within 24 hours after the last milk pickup on the route for the bulk milk pickup tanker.
B. When sampling any milk from a bulk milk pickup tanker or transport tanker, the dairy plant sampler shall:
1. Practice good hygiene, maintain a neat and clean appearance, and abstain from using tobacco products in the receiving area;
2. Conduct all sampling and handling practices to prevent contamination of any milk contact surface;
3. Wash his hands thoroughly and dry his hands with a clean single-service towel or acceptable air dryer immediately prior to sampling the milk in the tank;
4. Examine the milk in the tank by sight and smell for any off odor or any other abnormalities that would classify the milk as unacceptable and reject the milk if necessary;
5. Agitate for a period of time needed to blend the milk in each compartment to a homogenous state using odor-free, pressurized, filtered air, or electrically driven stirring or recirculating equipment that has been properly sanitized before sampling or receiving;
6. Check the temperature of the milk in each compartment with a properly sanitized thermometer that has been checked against a standardized thermometer at least once every six months and certified accurate;
7. Reject any milk that has a temperature above 45°F;
8. Bring the sample container, properly constructed sample dipper, and sanitizing solution to the tanker aseptically after the milk is properly agitated;
9. Remove the sample dipper or sampling device from the sanitizing solution and rinse it in the milk from the tank at least twice before collecting any official milk sample;
10. Collect at least one representative sample from each compartment of the tanker, transferring the milk from the sample dipper to the sample container away from the tank opening to avoid spilling any milk back into the tank, and filling the sample container only three quarters full;
11. Rinse the sample dipper with water until it is free of visible milk and replace it in its carrying container or storage container;
12. Close the cover or lid for each compartment of the bulk milk tanker;
13. Identify each milk sample with the tanker number, compartment if the tanker is equipped with more than one compartment, and the date of collection;
14. Place each milk sample collected immediately on ice in a sample storage cooler or deliver it to the laboratory for immediate analysis;
15. Attach the milk transfer hose to the outlet valve of the milk tank truck and open the outlet valve of the milk tank truck before starting the pump to transfer the milk from the bulk milk pickup tanker to the milk plant storage facility or silo only after the collection of official milk samples;
16. Turn off the agitator once the level of milk in the tank has reached the level where over-agitation will occur;
17. Disconnect and cap the transfer hose after removing it from the outlet valve of the tank;
18. Observe the walls and bottom of the tank for foreign matter and extraneous material and record any objectionable observations on the plant receiving log;
19. Rinse the entire inside of the tanker with warm water after the tanker has been emptied and the external transfer system has been disconnected while the tanker outlet valve is open;
20. Use only sample containers and single-service sampling tubes that comply with all the requirements contained in Standard Methods for the Examination of Dairy Products, 17th Edition, 2004;
21. Cool and store all official milk samples to a temperature of 40°F or cooler, but not frozen;
22. Provide sufficient ice and water or other coolant in the sample storage cooler to maintain all milk samples at proper temperature;
23. Protect samples from contamination and not bury tops of sample containers in ice or bury samples above the milk level in the sample containers;
24. Promptly deliver samples and sample data to the laboratory; and
25. Discard any milk that remains in the external transfer system that exceeds 45°F including any milk in pumps, hoses, air elimination equipment, or metering systems.
C. Each bulk milk hauler shall:
1. Ensure each bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank is properly cleaned and sanitized after unloading;
2. Ensure a cleaning and sanitizing tag is affixed to the outlet valve of the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank after it is washed;
3. Ensure when the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank is next washed, the previous cleaning and sanitizing tag is removed and stored at the location where the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank was washed; and
4. Ensure the following information is recorded on the wash and sanitize tag before it is attached to the outlet valve of the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank:
a. Identification number of the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank;
b. Date and time of day the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank was cleaned and sanitized;
c. Location where the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank was cleaned and sanitized; and
d. The signature of the person who cleaned and sanitized the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank.
D. Each person that operates a milk plant, receiving station, or transfer station and each dairy plant sampler responsible for sampling and receiving milk into a milk plant, receiving station, or transfer station shall:
1. Ensure each bulk milk pickup tanker and milk transport tank is properly cleaned and sanitized after unloading;
2. Ensure a cleaning and sanitizing tag is affixed to the outlet valve of the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank after it is washed;
3. Ensure when washing a bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank, the previous cleaning and sanitizing tag is removed and stored at the location where the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank is washed; and
4. Record the following information on the wash and sanitize tag before it is attached to the outlet valve of the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank:
a. Identification number of the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank;
b. Date and time of day the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank was cleaned and sanitized;
c. Location where the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank was cleaned and sanitized; and
d. The signature of the person who cleaned and sanitized the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank.
E. Each bulk milk hauler shall ensure that each shipping document or load manifest contains the following information for each bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank:
1. The shipper's name, address, and permit number;
2. The Interstate Milk Shipper Bulk Tank Unit identification number for each Bulk Tank Unit on the load of milk or the Interstate Milk Shipper listed Plant Number;
3. The milk hauler permit number if the milk hauler is not an employee of the shipper;
4. The point of origin of the shipment;
5. The bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank identification number;
6. The name of the product;
7. The weight of the product;
8. The temperature of the product when loaded;
9. The date of shipment;
10. The name of the supervising regulatory agency at the point of origin of shipment;
11. A statement as to whether the contents of the load are raw, pasteurized, or in the case of cream, lowfat, or skim milk whether it has been heat-treated;
12. The seal number on inlet, outlet, wash connections and vents, if applicable; and
13. The grade of the product.
F. Each contract hauler, subcontract hauler, bulk milk hauler, and operator of a bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank shall:
1. Ensure the proper protection of all milk and milk samples in his custody. Each contract hauler, subcontract hauler, bulk milk hauler, and operator of a bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank shall seal or lock each opening into a bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank including each manhole lid, vent, wash port, and door to the pump housing and sample storage box prior to leaving the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank unattended;
2. Inspect the condition of the seals and locks placed on each opening into the bulk milk pickup tanker or milk transport tank upon his return after an absence to determine if the seals or locks have been tampered with;
3. Report immediately to the state regulatory agency instances of tampering with the seals or locks; and
4. Hold a val id permit issued by the state regulatory agency for the collection of milk samples prior to collecting or transporting any milk or milk samples.
G. The sample dipper, sample dipper container, and approved sanitizer may be provided and stored in the milkroom accessible to the contract hauler or subcontract hauler by the person operating the dairy farm where the contract hauler or subcontract hauler is picking up the milk.

Notes

2 Va. Admin. Code § 5-501-80
Derived from Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 8, eff. January 26, 2005; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 17, eff. June 12, 2008; Amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 23, eff. 8/25/2016; Amended, Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 24, eff. 9/4/2020.

Statutory Authority: §§ 3.2-5206, 3.2-5223, and 3.2-5224 of the Code of Virginia.

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