(1) Every plant receiving or processing milk and cream for the manufacture of dairy products must be inspected and licensed as provided in this rule before buying and processing any milk or cream for the manufacture of dairy products. All licensed plants must be inspected annually after issuance of initial license to determine eligibility for license renewal. The inspection procedure for renewal is the same as that for the initial licensing.
(2) Each plant must be inspected by an authorized representative of the department. If upon initial inspection the inspector finds that the plant meets the requirements for licensing described in sub-chapter 4 and the applicable parts of sub-chapters 5 through 8 of this chapter, as indicated by the official plant inspection report form, a license must be issued to the plant. If the plant does not meet the requirements for licensing, the plant may be reinspected by an authorized representative of the department within 30
days of the initial inspection. A longer time may be allowed if major changes or new equipment is required. If at this time the plant meets the requirements for licensing, the license may be issued. If the plant does not meet the requirements for licensing, it may not be licensed, and it may be unlawful to operate a manufactured dairy products plant until such time as the plant qualifies for a license. Each completed official plant inspection report form must be kept by the department and a copy must be given to the plant operator.
(3) The license must be posted conspicuously at the plant. The license authorizes the plant to test, purchase, and receive milk and cream for manufacturing purposes and to manufacture dairy products therefrom, in compliance with applicable provisions of Title 81, chapter 22 MCA, and the rules issued pursuant thereto.