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‘Derogation’ guidelines published

‘Derogation’ guidelines published
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service recently published guidelines for dairy farms seeking to renew requests for derogations, or exemptions, under the European Union (EU) Health Certificate Program. The derogations allow milk from farms having difficulty meeting the EU regulations (<400,000 cells/milliliter) for somatic cell counts to be used in dairy products exported to the European Union. The U.S. threshold is 750,000 c/mL, although the national average based on the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and USDA records is around 300,000 c/mL.
The derogation allowed by the program is conditional: Dairy farms must take action to improve their SCC or demonstrate that the non-compliant counts were caused by normal seasonal variations. The new renewal guidelines apply only to non-seasonal derogations, which are valid for one year; seasonal derogations cover a period of three years.
Dairy processors whose products may be going to the EU for export should request Certificates of Conformance from their milk suppliers verifying compliance with the EU regulations, according to IDFA.
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