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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 502
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F.S. 502.053
502.053 Permits and fees; requirements; exemptions; temporary permits.
(a) All facilities engaged in the production, processing, holding, or transfer of milk and milk products in this state must apply to the department for a permit to operate. The application must be on forms developed by the department.
(b) Each frozen dessert plant that manufactures frozen desserts or other products defined in this chapter and offers these products for wholesale in this state must apply to the department for a permit to operate. The application must be submitted on a form prescribed by the department. All frozen dessert permits expire on June 30 of each year.
(c) Permits are nontransferable between persons or locations and are subject to suspension or revocation as provided in this chapter.
(2) FEES.The initial application for a frozen dessert plant permit must be accompanied by a permit fee of $200. The annual permit renewal fee is $100.
(a) To obtain a permit, an applicant must satisfy all requirements that are defined by the department in rule and must agree to comply with the applicable provisions of this chapter and rules adopted under this chapter. The department shall mail a copy of the permit to the applicant to signify that administrative requirements have been met.
(b) All permitholders must maintain records of transactions concerning the procurement, production, and processing of milk and milk products as required in the Grade “A” pasteurized milk ordinance and grant department inspectors access to such records during all reasonable hours.
(c) In addition to the testing required in the Grade “A” pasteurized milk ordinance and its appendices, each milk plant operator in the state shall be responsible for routine testing and inspection of raw milk shipped from outside the state prior to processing and shall notify the department when such testing and inspection indicate a violation of the standards contained in the Grade “A” pasteurized milk ordinance.
(a) The following persons are exempt from bulk milk hauler/sampler permit requirements:
1. Milk producers who transport milk or milk products only from their own dairy farms.
2. Employees of a milk distributor or milk plant operator who possesses a valid permit.
3. Drivers of bulk milk tank trucks between locations who do not collect milk from farms.
(b) Grocery stores, restaurants, soda fountains, and similar establishments where milk or milk products are served or sold, but not processed, may be exempted from permit requirements.
(a) The department may issue a temporary permit for a period not exceeding 90 days to milk producers who have submitted an application to the department and passed a preliminary inspection as required in the Grade “A” pasteurized milk ordinance.
(b) During this 90-day period, the department shall act expeditiously to determine compliance with all relevant laws and, upon finding compliance, shall issue a permit pursuant to subsection (1).
History.s. 7, ch. 94-92; s. 14, ch. 2001-279; s. 6, ch. 2007-67; s. 22, ch. 2011-206; s. 14, ch. 2012-190; s. 15, ch. 2023-154.