Grade A & Manufactured Grade Products Processing Plants

Indiana's dairy processing facilities vary widely in size, capacity, distribution areas and product lines. The very smallest produce small quantities of artisan cheeses by traditional methods on the farm. Some of the largest producers of commercially labeled ice cream and fluid milk process and package their products in Indiana to ship throughout the country under internationally known brand names.

Regardless of what is produced, or how it is made, all dairy products offered for sale must be from an approved, inspected source. Unpasteurized (raw) milk cannot be sold legally directly from a farm. Likewise, farm-produced dairy products, including cheese, butter and yogurt, may be sold only from facilities licensed and inspected by the State Board of Animal Health.

All facilities, regardless of size and capacity, receive the same level of inspection by BOAH staff to ensure that the handling practices are safe, the equipment is clean and sanitary and the products are wholesome to protect the consuming public.

Indiana Dairy Buyer's Guide (list of local dairy processors)

Information for Processors

Single Service Container Manufacturing

Single service container manufacturers must ensure their products meet food-grade product standards; therefore, these facilities are inspected by BOAH regularly to verify that their production processes meet federal standards.

Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) (see Appendix J)

Application for Permit to Handle Milk and Milk Products (State Form 36560)

Export Certificate/Certificate of Free Sale

Firms exporting products from Indiana are often asked by importing states, foreign customers or foreign governments to supply a "certificate" for products regulated by BOAH. The certificate is a document prepared by BOAH that contains information about a product that describes and or attests to product safety, production, processing methods or sanitation of processing plant. Before an export certificate can be issued, the exporting party must have a current Permit issued by BOAH and have a current inspection report on file without any outstanding critical orders. If the requirements are not satisfied BOAH will not issue a certificate.

No fee is charged by BOAH for this certificate.

BOAH requires a minimum of 3-5 business days after receiving a request for certificate for processing.

Export Certificate Guidelines 

Request for Certificate of Export/Free Sale of Dairy Products

If you need to obtain certificates for products not manufactured in Indiana refer to the USDA certificate of free sale contact list at:

Laboratory and Drug Residue Testing

Processor Resources