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Milk and Dairy Group

The Milk and Dairy Program's mission is to ensure that Texas consumers have a safe and wholesome milk supply. To fulfill this mission, the Texas Department of State Health Services, through a team of professional sanitarians, work to ensure appropriate statutes and regulations are applied uniformly to the entire milk industry.  Entities regulated by the Milk and Dairy Program are: Producer Dairies, Milk Processing Plants, Frozen Dessert Manufacturers, Non Grade “A” Dairy Product Manufacture i.e. Cheese, and Raw for Retail Dairies.

Included in the regulatory process is the requirement that all dairies selling raw milk and raw milk products to the public be issued a Grade "A" Raw for Retail License.  This license assures the public that the dairy is inspected at least twice every six months by a registered sanitarian.  All Texas licensed Grade "A" Raw for Retail dairies have their raw milk and raw milk products sampled at least every six weeks.  The samples are tested at a Texas certified lab for milk quality, presence of aflatoxin (from contaminated feed), and potential pathogens.

FEBRUARY 20, 2018



This is a reminder that The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) would like to provide stakeholders an opportunity to suggest changes to Chapter 217 for consideration and possible inclusion in the proposed rule packet thru March 7, 2018

Once the draft rules are released for public comment, DSHS will work with stakeholders to schedule and conduct public hearings on the proposed rules in Austin, Tyler, and Lubbock.

Comments and suggestions regarding amendments to the Texas Milk and Dairy Rule may be presented to the attention of either:

Sofia Stifflemire, R.S.                             Rod Moline, Ph.D., R.S.

Sofia.Stifflemire@dshs.texas.gov           Rod.Moline@dshs.texas.gov

(512) 834-6756 Office Fax

In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor temporarily suspended all necessary DSHS statutes and rules pertaining to professional and business license or certification renewal applications, including the suspension of any late fees related to renewal for a period not to exceed 90 days for those programs that are listed below. 

The effects of this suspension are to:

  1. Waive any required late fees related to renewal for a period not to exceed 90 days; and
  2. Extend the term of any professional and business license listed below for a period of not more than 90 days to allow license/certificate holders affected by Hurricane Harvey time to submit the appropriate documentation and renewal fee. 

The Declaration is for:

Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kerr, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, San Jacinto, Sabine, San Patricio, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Willacy, and Wilson.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires, whichever comes first.

The current status of a license may also be verified online.

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Contact Information

For General Program Assistance

Email: Milk and Dairy Group
Phone: (512) 834-6758
Fax: (512) 834-6756

For Licensing Assistance

Email: Drugs and Food Safety Licensing Group
Phone: (512) 834-6727
Fax: (512) 834-6741

For mailing addresses, please see the contact page.

Last updated October 18, 2018