CENTRAL DAIRY TESTING LABORATORY
The Vermont Central Dairy Testing Lab provides testing to ensure the safety and quality of the state’s raw and finished dairy products.
- FDA-CFSAN-Milk Quality & Safety Branch
- USDA – Federal Milk Market Administrator
Purpose of testing:
- Bacteria levels in compliance within state and federal regulatory limits
- Dairy products contain no detectable antibiotic residues
- Proper pasteurization of retail dairy products
- Label guarantees such as fat content are met
Dairy producers or processors with test results out of compliance are investigated by the Dairy Division of Food Safety & Consumer Protection. Dairy Division field staff recommend corrective actions and follow up to ensure remediation was performed as specified.
Dairy Laboratory Contacts:
- Kristen Needham
- Wendy Blackman
- John Jaworski
Sampling & Submission Guidelines:
Note: Prior notification is highly recommended. Sample type, test requested and state holiday schedule determine laboratory delivery days
- Sample raw producer bulk tanks or silos (in triplicate) using sterile milk vials or Whirl-pak bags, retail products in original container
- Label sample containers using a permanent marker (Date of Sampling, Sampler, Product Description)
- Place samples in cooler containing ice & water slurry
- Transport samples to the lab as soon as possible
- Best methods of transport are hand delivery, overnight courier or local dairy inspector
- In order for sample results to be used for official analysis, transit time must not exceed 48 hours and sample temperature must be 0 - 4.5C at time of receipt
Unofficial samples may be sent to the lab for technical assistance testing, please follow guidelines above.
Dairy Laboratory Tests & Fees:
Please refer to rate sheet below.
LABORATORY RATE SHEET - BIOLOGY