Bob-White Systems, a Vermont company servicing the growing microdairy and cheesemaking industries, received FDA certification in July for its Multi-Purpose Dairy & Food Testing Lab. Bob-White Systems now operates the only private, FDA-certified lab in Vermont to service the region’s dairy farmers, raw milk producers, cheesemakers and dairy processors.
“With FDA certification, Bob-White Systems’ lab is now the only private lab in Vermont which can provide testing for Tier 2 raw milk producers,” says Nick Zigelbaum, the lab director. “Certification combined with our convenient location in central Vermont right off Interstate 89, our hands-on dairy experience and excellent customer service record will make testing more accessible to the region’s farmers. This will encourage expansion of sales of safe raw milk throughout the state.”
The Dairy & Food Testing Lab opened in the winter of 2013, and the FDA certification process took about four months to complete. It involved upgrades to the lab equipment, personnel training, and establishing record-keeping and procedures for testing.
The Bob-White Systems Dairy & Food Testing Lab will provide a full range of testing services to the region’s dairy industry, including dairy (cow, sheep and goat) farmers, raw milk producers, cheesemakers and other dairy food producers.
Services and tests include:
- FDA-certified Tier 2 raw milk testing (including total bacteria, coliform and somatic cell count, and antibiotic residue tests)
- Milk pregnancy checks
- Johne’s disease and leucosis testing
- E. coli and staph testing
- Bacteriological testing
- Coliform testing for milk
- Milk component analysis
- Antibiotic residue testing
- Somatic cell testing
- ALP (pasteurization effectiveness) testing