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Section 288.501

GRADE A MILK LAW OF 2001 (EXCERPT)
Act 266 of 2001


288.501 Milk plant license; application; form; renewal; fees; deposit; new construction, remodeling, and equipment changes; late fee; total fees.

Sec. 31.

(1) An applicant for an initial license as a milk plant shall apply to the department on a form supplied by the department and provide a statement containing the following:

(a) The milk plant's correct legal name and any name by which the milk plant is doing business. If the milk plant is a person not an individual, the name of each officer and director, and partner, member, or owner owning in excess of 35% of equity or stock.

(b) The location of the milk plant to which the statement pertains and the name of the responsible person who may be contacted at that location.

(c) The anticipated value of greatest milk receipts the milk plant expects to receive during a consecutive 30-day period within the licensing period.

(d) A list of producers, including names, mailing addresses, and department producer permit number, with whom the milk plant intends to do business except that not later than 90 days after becoming licensed for the first time, the milk plant shall send an updated list to the department.

(e) The name of the financial institution through which milk checks are to be issued to producers.

(f) The annual volume of raw milk the milk plant anticipates receiving.

(2) A milk plant shall annually renew a license issued under this act by applying to the department at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the existing license. The anniversary date of a license for a milk plant that is providing a financial statement as a security device is 130 days after the close of the licensee's fiscal year. The milk plant shall apply for renewal of a license on a form supplied by the department and provide a statement containing the following:

(a) The milk plant's correct legal name and any name by which the milk plant is doing business. If the milk plant is a person not an individual, the name of each officer and director, and partner, member, or owner owning in excess of 35% of equity or stock.

(b) The location of the milk plant to which the statement pertains and the name of the responsible person who may be contacted at that location.

(c) The greater of either the value of greatest milk receipts that the milk plant received within a consecutive 30-day period during its last license year or the greatest milk receipts that the milk plant is anticipated to receive during a consecutive 30-day period within the licensing period.

(d) A complete list of producers, including names, mailing addresses, and department producers permit number, with whom the milk plant is doing business.

(e) The name of the financial institution through which milk checks are issued to producers.

(f) The annual volume of raw milk each milk plant anticipates receiving. The department may conduct an audit to verify the accuracy of the annual volume of raw milk receipts reported and may reassess the license fee accordingly. In the alternative, the department may utilize an audit conducted by the United States department of agriculture or any other audit acceptable to the director.

(3) License renewal for a milk plant shall take place on June 30 of each year unless otherwise specified in this act. A milk plant licensed under this act shall pay an annual license or permit fee as follows:

(a) Milk plant with less than 20,000,000 pounds of anticipated raw milk receipts per year, at a rate of $400.00 per year.

(b) Milk plant with greater than or equal to 20,000,000 but less than 100,000,000 pounds of anticipated raw milk receipts per year, at a rate of $800.00 per year.

(c) Milk plant with greater than or equal to 100,000,000 pounds of anticipated raw milk receipts per year, at a rate of $1,600.00 per year.

(4) Any fees, assessments, civil or administrative fines, and money from any other source collected by the department under this act shall be deposited into the dairy and food safety fund created in section 4117 of the food law of 2000, MCL 289.4117.

(5) A milk plant operator shall submit detailed plans to the department for approval before commencing new construction, remodeling, and equipment changes. Plans for new construction or remodeling shall include a plan that provides for operational or physical isolation of the milk plant from sources of potential product contamination caused by animal production facilities located in close proximity to the milk plant. Retail or public viewing areas shall be separated from processing areas by a solid floor-to-ceiling partition, except that, as approved by the director, other equally effective means of protection may be used.

(6) The department may impose a late fee of $10.00 for a renewal application for each business day the application is late. The total late fee shall not exceed $100.00. The department shall not issue or renew a license until any fees and fines have been paid. A hearing is not required regarding the department’s refusal to issue or renew a license under this subsection except as allowed under the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.201 to 24.328. The department may charge a convenience fee and collect from the applicants any additional costs associated with the method of fee payment for the license or permit fees described in this section and sections 32 and 33, not to exceed the costs to the department.


History: 2001, Act 266, Eff. Feb. 8, 2002 ;-- Am. 2008, Act 136, Eff. June 20, 2008 ;-- Am. 2010, Act 41, Imd. Eff. Mar. 31, 2010


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