32.9.304 MILKHOUSE OR MILKROOM
(1) A milkhouse or milkroom conveniently located
and properly constructed, lighted, and ventilated must be provided for handling
and cooling milk and for washing, handling, and storing the utensils and
equipment. Other products may not be handled in the milkroom which would be
likely to contaminate milk or otherwise create a public-health hazard.
(2) The milkhouse or milkroom must be equipped
with wash and rinse vat, utensil rack, milk cooling facilities, and have an
adequate supply of hot water available for cleaning milking equipment. If a
part of the barn or other building, it must be partitioned, screened and sealed
to prevent the entrance of dust, flies, or other contamination. Concentrates
and feed, if stored in the building, must be kept in a tightly covered box or
bin. The floor of the building must be of concrete or other impervious material
and graded to provide proper drainage. The walls and ceilings must be
constructed of smooth, easily cleaned material. All outside doors must open
outward and be self-closing, unless they are provided with tight-fitting screen
that open outward or unless other effective means are provided to prevent the
entrance of flies.
(3) If a farm bulk tank is used, it must be
properly located in the milkhouse or milkroom for access to all areas for
cleaning and servicing. It may not be located over a floor drain or under a
(4) A small platform or slab constructed of
concrete or other impervious material must be provided outside the milkhouse,
properly centered under a suitable port opening in the wall for milkhouse
connections. The opening must be fitted with a tight, self-closing door.
The truck approach to the milkhouse or milkroom must be properly graded and
surfaced to prevent mud or pooling of water at the point of loading.
(5) The milkhouse or milkroom and appurtenances
must be kept clean and free of trash, animals and fowl. Pesticides may not be
stored in this room and when used must be used in accordance with label
instructions so as to prevent contamin-ation of the milk.
History: Secs. 81-2-102, 81-22-102 MCA; IMP, Secs. 81-2-102, 81-22-102 MCA; Eff. 12/31/72, AMD, 1977 MAR p. 758, Eff. 10/25/77.