Proposed regulatory amendments to Regulation 761: Milk and Milk Products under the Milk Act to allow for vertical bulk tanks on farm (Milk Silos).
Regulation - Other
Bill or Act:
Summary of Proposal:
At the request of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission is proposing amendments to Regulation 761: Milk and Milk Products under the Milk Act to allow for the storage of milk in vertical bulk tanks on-farm.
The proposed amendments, which are in line with the Ontario government's Open for Business action plan to reduce burdensome regulations, would provide producers with the option to store larger amounts of cow and goat milk on-farm without having to increase their building footprint, while maintaining food safety and quality requirements.
To achieve these outcomes changes will be considered, including in the following areas:
•Construction of milk houses and design of bulk tanks
•Milk collection procedures including sampling and grading
Minor additional regulatory amendments to other regulations may be required under the Milk Act.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
If the amendments are approved and implemented, there would be burden reduction for the industry. The proposed amendments would allow dairy farms to hold larger amounts of cow and goat milk without expanding the footprint of the milk house to enclose larger or additional horizontal bulk tanks.
Additional administrative costs are not expected. Installation and operation of bulk tanks, whether horizontal or vertical, to store milk will continue to be subject to appropriate regulation and inspection to ensure milk safety and quality.
May 28, 2021
Comments Due Date:
July 12, 2021
Branch: Farm Products Marketing Commission
Address: 1 Stone Rd W, Guelph, N1G 4Y2