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EU Somatic Cell Count Dairy Certification Program FAQs Available

February 3, 2012

The USDA’s Dairy Grading and Standardization Division recently posted “Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the European Union Health Certification Program” on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website.

On January 1st, AMS began to phase in the new instructions relating to EU requirements for milk sampling and revised maximum somatic cell count and standard plate count in raw milk used in the manufacture of exported dairy products. AMS has received numerous inquiries asking for additional clarification and has compiled these FAQs to address the majority of the concerns. The FAQs also include the current timeline for implementation (Question #6).

Feel free to share the FAQ document as appropriate. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Briczinski.