The Food and Drug Administration is accepting through May 26 comments on the proposed extension of the reporting and recordkeeping requirements in the regulations implementing the Federal Import Milk Act.

Under FIMA, milk or cream may be imported into the United States only by the holder of a valid import milk permit. Before such a permit is issued (1) all cows from which import milk or cream is produced must be physically examined and found healthy; (2) if the milk or cream is imported raw, all such cows must pass a tuberculin test; (3) the dairy farm and each plant in which the milk or cream is processed or handled must be inspected and found to meet certain sanitary requirements; (4) bacterial counts of the milk at the time of importation must not exceed specified limits; and (5) the temperature of the milk or cream at time of importation must not exceed 50° F.

FDA regulations implementing the provisions of FIMA require (1) reports on the sanitary conditions of dairy farms and plants producing milk and/or cream to be shipped to the U.S., (2) reports on the physical examination of herds, (3) the reporting of tuberculin testing of the herds, (4) dairy farmers and plants to maintain pasteurization records, (5) each container of milk or cream imported into the U.S. to bear a tag with the product type, permit number, and shipper's name and address, (6) applications for a permit to ship or transport milk or cream into the U.S. to be made by the actual shipper.


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