Dairy Product Testing

The Vermont Central Dairy Testing lab provides microbiological and chemical analysis to ensure the safety and quality of the state’s dairy products.  The central dairy lab does not accept samples from the general public.  If you have a concern about a Vermont dairy product, please contact VAAFM Dairy Division (802) 828-2433.

Accreditations: 

  • U.S. Food & Drug Administration – CFSAN Milk Quality & Safety Branch
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – Milk Market Administration

Testing Parameters:

  • Heterotrophic bacteria
  • Coliform bacteria
  • Antibiotic Residues
  • Alkaline Phosphatase enzyme
  • Milk Components

Raw (Unpasteurized) Milk Sampling and submission guidelines:

Note: Prior notification is highly recommended. Contact Us

Sample type, test requested and State Holiday Schedule determine laboratory delivery days

  • Sample raw producer bulk tanks (in triplicate) using sterile milk vials or Whirl-pak bags
  • Label sample containers using a permanent marker (Date of Sampling, Sampler, Product Description)
  • Place samples in cooler containing ice & water slurry
  • Transport samples accompanied by submission form (below) to the lab as soon as possible
  • Best methods of transport are hand delivery, overnight courier or local dairy inspector
  • 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

SUBMISSION FORM - Non-IMS Tier 2 Raw Milk testing

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.7811
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431