Dairy Inspection Program
The Dairy Inspection program protects consumers in Kansas and other states. Inspectors regulate the dairy industry, starting at the farm and continuing as the milk and milk products are transported, processed, distributed and sold. Activities include inspection of facilities and equipment, collection and testing samples, educational activities and consumer protection.
The core function of the Dairy Inspection program is to regulate the production, transportation, processing and distribution of milk and dairy products from cow to consumer. Dairy inspection staff enforces Kansas dairy laws as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, which is adopted by reference in Kansas. This provides uniform inspections and allows milk to move freely in interstate commerce under the Interstate Milk Shippers Agreement between the states, FDA and the dairy industry.
The Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance adopted and uniformly applied will continue to provide effective public health protection without being unduly burdensome to either regulatory agencies or the dairy industry. Despite the progress that has been made, occasional milkborne outbreaks still occur, emphasizing the need for continued vigilance at every stage of production, processing, pasteurization and distribution of milk and milk products. The goal to provide a safe, wholesome milk supply to the nation's consumers is foremost in our minds as we perform our duties.