The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is responsible for protecting the safety and quality of the state's dairy supply. In fact, milk samples must be examined in approved milk laboratories to fulfill the state’s and dairy's responsibilities required for participation in the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shippers.
The Laboratory Evaluation Officers evaluate and accredit milk laboratories and screening sites throughout the state, and certifies analysts who examine milk supplies for interstate shipment. Annual fees are assessed based on split sample results and on site audits. The State Central Laboratory also provides official testing results to regulatory agencies.
Biannual audits are made to determine if milk laboratories and antibiotic screening facilities are producing reliable, valid and verifiable test data that can withstand court challenges. Actual testing is also observed to assess the quality of official test results.
These official laboratory results are used to initiate corrective actions, thus assuring a high quality, safe and wholesome milk supply for Minnesota residents and the residents of other states that import Minnesota milk products. The activities of the Minnesota Milk Laboratory Evaluation Program promote good laboratory practices in milk laboratories and provide officially designated laboratories and analysts required to analyze milk samples under the Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.
State Milk Laboratory Evaluation Officers
Lynn Cardwell, 651-201-6344
Geralyn Juergens, 651-201-6569
Laboratory Services Division