Regulatory Changes for the Grade ‘A’ Milk Industry for COVID-19

In accordance with Section IV-Oversight and Responsibilities, B-State and TPC Responsibilities, 5-Request for Emergency Consideration on page 18 of the 2017 Procedures Governing the Cooperative State-Public Health Service/Food and Drug Administration Program of the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, FDA’s DDEMP has granted the Virginia Department of Health a 90-day exception to the NCIMS program requirements below:

1.Milk Processing and Single Service Manufacturing Plant Inspections;

2. Quarterly Equipment Testing;

3. Monthly raw milk and finished product sampling under Section 6 of the 2017 Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO);

4. Monthly single service container sampling;

5. Water supply/cooling water sampling;

6. Biennial inspections and evaluations for Industry Plant Samplers; and

7. IMS Listed BTUs, Milk Plants and Single Service Manufacturing Plants rating frequencies.

51-4108 MD & VA MPA T/A Marva Maid DY, Newport News, VA – Current Expiration Date: 05/14/2020, New Expiration Date: 08/12/2020 

51-5102 MD & VA MPA T/A Marva Maid DY, Newport News, VA – Current Expiration Date: 05/15/2020,  New Expiration Date: 08/13/2020 

51-001 DFA INC (BTU#01), Knoxville, TN – Current Expiration Date: 05/28/2020, New Expiration Date: 08/26/2020 

51-5101 Graham Packaging Co., Alta Vista, VA – Current Expiration Date: 06/11/2020, New Expiration Date: 09/09/2020 

51-0500 Shamrock Foods Co., Verona, VA – Current Expiration Date: 06/26/2020, New Expiration Date: 09/25/2020 

The Virginia Department of Health will plan to continue to conduct Ratings during the time of the Request for Emergency Consideration provided staff availability exists during this time and that firms are operating in normal status and are safe for our staff to enter. The Virginia Department of Health will continue essential functions such as responding to complaints, outbreaks, and broken seals. 

For Grade A Milk Plants in Virginia that have a Temporary Seal Program approved by the Regulatory Authority, we deem it necessary to strive to meet the re-testing requirement within 10 working days unless emergency consideration can be granted beyond 10 days. 

Grade A Milk Plants in Virginia that do not possess authorization from the Regulatory Authority to conduct broken seal pasteurization equipment testing will be held to the requirements of the PMO to possibly include suspension of processing on the impacted pasteurization equipment. Response from the regulatory agency will be as rapid as possible and equal to current standards unless COVID-19 circumstances limit standardized personnel available. 

This emergency consideration is in effect until June 25, 2020.