Dairy Establishment Inspection Manual – Chapter 3 - Registration of Establishments
3.1 Introduction and Scope

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Registration is required to enable a dairy establishment preparing dairy products (defined in the Dairy Products Regulations "means milk or a product thereof, whether alone or combined with another agricultural product, that contains no oil or fat other than that of milk"):

  • trade them internationally, (for specific requirements for export refer to the Dairy Export Certification of the Dairy Product Inspection Procedures)
  • trade them interprovincially,
  • trade/sell to another registered establishment, or
  • apply a Canadian grade mark to the applicable products.

If a registered dairy establishment prepares dairy products (whether standardized or not standardized) for intra-provincial trade as well as for inter-provincial or export trade, the products prepared for intra-provincial trade must comply with the same requirements as the products for inter-provincial or export trade.

Section 10 under Part 1 of the Dairy Products Regulations outlines the procedures and requirements under which an establishment will be registered and when this registration may be suspended or cancelled (see Chapter 4 of this manual).

Sections 11 and 11.1 under Part I of the Dairy Products Regulations outline the conditions that an establishment must meet in order to become and remain registered. Registration is accomplished through a series of actions or steps to ensure not only the accuracy of the name and address but also the establishment's compliance with the conditions established for it. It provides a basis for establishing common/uniform requirements for all registered establishments while clearly emphasizing health and safety concerns.

Note: If a registered establishment is attached to a distribution centre or blow mold operation and is separated by a common wall, the facility on the other side of the common wall does not necessarily have to be considered as part of the registered facility and would not fall under the scope of the dairy registration. While the walls of the two facilities are attached there is no other connection between the two operations, personnel or otherwise, with the exception that there may be finished bottles conveyed through the wall into the plant from the blow mold operation on rollers or finished product going via conveyor or fork lift to the distribution centre.

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