28 january 1969
North Utah Dairies, Milk Plants Ranked High in Sanitation Northern Utah dairy farms surplus but they won't accept, and milk plants rate between 90 and 98 per cent on sanitation tests given periodically by state agriculture and U.S. Public dual inspection on their farms j by both the county and state; sanitarians, Mr. Ferre said. Health inspectors, the Weber Because of the potential health County Health Board learned hazard in dispensing raw milk, Monday. j COU nty health frowns on its corn- Sanitarian Alvin Ferre, supervisor supervisor of the county health department's department's dairy section, said the local industry maintains one of the best milk supplies in the state. His staff inspects farm and dairy facilities in Weber, Box Elder, North Davis and Morgan Morgan counties since most of the processing is done at plants in Weber County. Six per cent of the milk is shipped out-of-state. A federal milk survey rating of 90 per cent is needed to export the product, the board was told. Mr. Ferre and sanitarians Jay Brown, James Ashby and Leonard Leonard Wayment reviewed their activities activities in an orientation session I for the board. MEMBERS ATTEND Board members attending were Dr. John D. Newton, chairman; chairman; Keith Blanch of Plain City; Bryce R. Jensen of Roy, • and Dr. Vernal H. Johnson. i Weber County sanitarians regularly regularly inspect 253 grade A dairy farms, nine fluid milk manufacturing manufacturing plants, 44 ice cream and frozen dessert establishments, two nonfat dry milk and cottage cheese plants, two dairy product distributing stations and five milk depots distributing grade A dairy products. Five raw milk sellers in the area are licensed and inspected by the state Department of Agriculture. Sales are limited to on-the-farm, ,Mr. Ferre said. ASK PERMITS Some Box Elder farmers have asked for permits in Weber County to sell grade A raw milk mercial distribution, Mr. Ferre explained. "Milk can be safe today and c o n t aminated tomorrow," he added. An application from a dis-i tributor of a powdered ice milkj mix to sel! in Utah has been! rejected, Mr. Ferre said. A Texas firm, he explains, ships to Pocatello, Idaho, a powdered powdered ice milk mix for distribution distribution to ice cream stores where water is added to the mix and frozen without further pasteurization. pasteurization. If the water should become warm and contaminated, Mr. Ferre said, germs will multiply, multiply, with the user being affected by a potential health hazard. PROHIBITS SALE Although Idaho and California permit the sale of the mix, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah are among states which prohibit its distribution, Mr. Ferre said. "Milk provides many serious problems for the sanitarian," Mr. Ferre declared. "Conditions under which it is produced, the ease with which it may be contaminated, contaminated, and the rapidity with which it spoils contribute difficulties difficulties in safeguarding the quality quality of the milk supply." He said Northern Utah dairymen dairymen are alert to protecting the supply and their reputation for high quality and sanitation. Milk producers and plants pay fees for county license and inspections, inspections, Mr. Ferre said. Last year the industry, including the frozen dessert establishments, establishments, paid a total of $21,993 for inspection and permits.