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Regulations Governing Grade "A" Milk [2 VAC 5 ‑ 490]
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Chapter Information
Description A regulation that establishes: (1) the requirements to produce and sell Grade "A" milk for pasteurization; the requirements to process and sell fluid milk products(milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese); (2) that milk used for Grade "A" purposes be pasteurized; (3) the requirement for a permit to produce or process Grade "A" milk; and (4) minimum standards that dairy farms and dairy plants must meet in producing and processing Grade "A" milk, including pasteurization, cooling, storage, quality-control tests, packaging, and labeling requirements.
State Authority Section 3.2-5206 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 of Grade "A" milk and milk products through pasteurization and other practices to prevent contamination.

3. The facilitation of the sales of Virginia-manufactured dairy products in intrastate and interstate commerce.
Meetings There is 1 future meeting that specifically targets this chapter for discussion. See all meetings (7) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Carolyn Peterson  / Program Supervisor
Address: P. O. Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)786-1452    FAX: (804)371-7792    TDD: (800)828-1120
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendments to reflect the 2013 Pasteurized Milk Ordinance Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 11/9/2014.
Amend Final Exempt action can be submitted directly to the Registrar.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amend 2 VAC 5-490 Regulations Governoring Grade "A" Milk Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/10/2010.
Changing Title 3.1 references to Title 3.2 as a result of the recodification of Title 3.1 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 3/4/2009.
Adopts the requirements contained in the 2005 Pasteurized Milk Ordinance Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 5/23/2007.