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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