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Last Updated: July 13, 2012

Milk is the most heavily safety-tested food in the Canadian food supply system.

Ontario dairy farms are inspected regularly under Dairy Farmers of Ontario Raw Milk Quality Program to ensure that Ontario milk meets provincial standards. Inspectors ensure that all surfaces and equipment are clean and that milk is cooled efficiently. Inspectors also look for Grade A management practices such as good cow housing, sufficient pasture area and exclusion of milk from cows that are being treated for illness with drugs or antibiotics.

Ontario producers who do not consistently meet regulatory standards are fined and eventually shut-off. Penalties and costs for milk containing contaminants can be as high as $15,000.


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