Plant Records to Include Grade Label Butterfat Testing

Docket Number: AMS-DA-22-0064
Comments Due: October 16, 2023


This document invites comments on a proposed amendment to the plant records requirement for the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Dairy Grading and Inspection program. The proposal would allow butterfat tests to be performed at an in-house or approved third party laboratory and add a requirement for plants to maintain and make such records available for examination by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspector. This amendment would increase efficiency by conforming to current industry practice.

Submit Comments

Interested persons are invited to submit comments on this proposed rule. Comments may be submitted through the Federal e-rulemaking portal at and should reference the document number, date, and page number of this issue of the Federal Register . Written comments may be submitted via mail to USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, Stop 0225-Room 2530, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–0225. All comments submitted in response to this proposed rule will be included in the record and will be made available to the public. Please be advised that the identity of the individuals or entities submitting comments will be made public on the internet at the address provided above.


Matthew M. Siedschlaw, Grading and Standardization Division, Dairy Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 2756—South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–0230: Telephone: (202) 937–4901; Email:

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