BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF LIVESTOCK
OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
In the matter of the amendment of ARM 32.8.101 and 32.8.202 pertaining to grade A pasteurized milk and time from processing that fluid milk may be sold for public consumption
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EVIDENTIARY HEARING
TO: All Concerned Persons
1. On March 3 through 5, 2010, at 9:00 a.m., the Department of Livestock will hold a public hearing in Room 319 of the Scott Hart Building, 301 N. Roberts, Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed amendment of the above-stated rules.
2. The department will use a combined two-part hearing under the requirements of Mont. Code Ann. § 2-4-302 and 315. The first part of the combined hearing allows for submission of evidence by designated parties in a formal setting, presided over by a hearings examiner, and governed by rules of evidence. The hearing examiner will be presenting to the board, a proposed decision based on the testimony and evidence received at this first part of the hearing. The second part of the combined hearing, presided over by the board, will be an opportunity for members of the public to appear and present testimony regarding the proposed amendments as found in the petition submitted by Core-Mark. Both parts of the hearing are open to the public. The first part of the hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on March 3, 2010. The second part of the hearing will begin at 1:00 p.m. on March 4, 2010.
3. Notice is given that within 30 days of this publication in the Administrative Register, any organization or member of the public who wishes to appear as a party and present evidence in the first part of the hearing must apply for such designation by sending a written request to the designated hearing examiner, Mr. John Sullivan, 40 West Lawrence, Suite A, Helena, Mt, 59624-1166. The designated hearing examiner will make all decisions regarding the granting of such requests. Any person or organization that applies, but is not granted permission to appear in the first part of the hearing, retains all rights to appear at the second part of the hearing and to give public comment and testimony. Anyone who wishes to participate in the second part of the hearing is welcome to do so even if they did not apply for party status to appear at the first part of the hearing, and are not a party to the first part of the hearing. At this time, the parties that will appear at the first part of the hearing are the Montana Department of Livestock, Core-Mark International, Inc., The Montana Milk Producers Association, Country Classics Dairies, Inc., and Meadow Gold Dairies.
4. The Board of Livestock will consider equally all testimony and comment received in both parts of the hearing, and the official record will contain all testimony and comment received in both parts of the hearing.
5. If a person has questions regarding this opportunity, they may contact Steve Merritt, Public Information Officer, Department of Livestock, 301 N. Roberts St., Room 235, P.O. Box 202001, Helena, MT 59620-2001; telephone: (406) 444-9431; TTD number: 1 (800) 253-4091; fax: (406) 444-2877; e-mail: email@example.com, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., MST.
6. The Department of Livestock will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact Department of Livestock no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 24, 2010, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Steve Merritt, Public Information Officer, Department of Livestock, 301 N. Roberts St., Room 235, P.O. Box 202001, Helena, MT 59620-2001; telephone: (406) 444-9431; TTD number: 1 (800) 253-4091; fax: (406) 444-2877; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
7. The rules as proposed to be amended in the petition presented by Core-Mark provide as follows, new matter underlined, deleted matter interlined:
32.8.101 DEFINITIONS AND ADOPTION OF GRADE A PASTEURIZED MILK ORDINANCE AND ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS (1) through (1)(d) remain the same.
(e) A "sell-by" date is defined as the 12th consecutive day, never to exceed 288 hours, following pasteurization of a unit of milk.
(f) and (g) remain the same but are renumbered (e) and (f).
(2) through (4) remain the same.
AUTH: 81-2-102, MCA
IMP: 81-2-102, MCA
32.8.202 TIME FROM PROCESSING THAT FLUID MILK MAY BE SOLD FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION (1) When
12 days or more have passed following pasteurization of the sell by date on a unit of grade A milk has passed, there will be no quantities of that unit of milk sold or otherwise offered for public consumption.
(2) No grade A pasteurized milk may be put in any container marked with a sell-by date which
is more than 12 days after pasteurization of the milk for sale in Montana does not reasonably protect the health and safety of Montana consumers.
(a) The Board of Livestock may, upon a finding that a specific processor's sell-by date has materially failed to protect the health and safety of Montana consumers, provide notice to the processor of the specific facts indicating such failure and require the processor to submit a written explanation in response to such facts, which shall include the processor's description of its sell-by date determination methodology.
(b) If the Board of Livestock reasonably determines that the processor's sell-by date determination methodology does not reasonably protect the health and safety of the consumer, the Board of Livestock may require said processor to engage in product testing to determine a reasonably protective sell-by date determination methodology, and to modify accordingly the sell-by date said processor uses on its containers.
(c) During any product testing period described under (2)(b), the processor shall be required to mark all containers of grade A pasteurized milk for sale in Montana by a sell-by date which is not more that 18 days after pasteurization of the milk until such time as the Board of Livestock determines that the processor has established (or modified its sell-by date determination process to ensure) that its sell-by date determination methodology and chosen sell-by date reasonably protects Montana consumers' health and safety.
(3) Unless otherwise agreed upon, the person who offers the milk for sale to the public is responsible for removing the milk at or before the expiration of
the 12 days the sell-by date marked on the container.
(4) No grade A pasteurized milk may be put in any container marked with more than one sell-by date unless the sell-by date for use by Montana retailers and consumers is marked as the Montana sell-by date in a manner that is reasonably clear to Montana retailers and consumers.
AUTH: 81-2-102, MCA
IMP: 81-2-102, MCA
REASONS: In the fall of 2008, the Montana Department of Livestock (department) and Core-Mark, a Washington State corporation, entered into a settlement agreement regarding an action in U.S. District Court. That action concerned the sale of out-of-state milk in Montana by Core-Mark Distributors and Montana retail sellers. Such sales were subject to ARM 32.8.202 known as the 12-day pull date rule. Core-Mark challenged the constitutionality of the Montana 12-day pull date rule.
Pursuant to the above mentioned agreement and Mont. Code Ann. § 2-4-315, Core-Mark presented a petition to the department that proposes new administrative rules and the repeal or amendment of present rules regarding the Montana 12-day pull date rule. The Core-Mark proposal is presented in paragraph 7 above.
The Montana Board of Livestock, as director of the department, does not propose the adoption of this proposal by Core-Mark, but pursuant to Mont. Code Ann. § 2-4-315, has agreed to present the proposal for public comment and testimony.
The parties have agreed to proceed with the consideration of Core-Mark's Petition through the use of a combined two-part hearing under the requirements of Mont. Code Ann. § 2-4-302 and 315. The Montana Board of Livestock (board) as the director of the department is the decision maker on all matters. By agreement, the proposals will be given to the board for decision following the conclusion of the two-part hearing process.
8. Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing. Written data, views, or arguments may also be submitted to: Steve Merritt, Public Information Officer, Department of Livestock, 301 N. Roberts St., Room 235, P.O. Box 202001, Helena, MT 59620-2001; telephone: (406) 444-9431; TTD number: 1 (800) 253-4091; fax: (406) 444-2877; e-mail: email@example.com, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., March 26, 2010.
9. Presiding Person: The Board of Livestock is the final decision maker, but Mr. John F. Sullivan, attorney and partner in the Helena law firm of Hughes, Kellner, Sullivan & Alke, PLLP has been designated to preside over and conduct the first part of the hearing. The hearing examiner will be presenting to the board, a proposed decision based on the testimony and evidence received at this first part of the hearing.
10. The department maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this agency. Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request that includes the name, e-mail, and mailing address of the person to receive notices and specifies for which program the person wishes to receive notices. Notices will be sent by e-mail unless a mailing preference is noted in the request. Such written request may be mailed or delivered to the contact person in 5 above or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the department.
11. An electronic copy of this Proposal Notice is available through the Secretary of State's web site at http://sos.mt.gov/ARM/Register. The Secretary of State strives to make the electronic copy of the Notice conform to the official version of the Notice, as printed in the Montana Administrative Register, but advises all concerned persons that in the event of a discrepancy between the official printed text of the Notice and the electronic version of the Notice, only the official printed text will be considered. In addition, although the Secretary of State works to keep its web site accessible at all times, concerned persons should be aware that the web site may be unavailable during some periods, due to system maintenance or technical problems.
12. The bill sponsor contact requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.
/s/ George H. Harris /s/ Christian Mackay
George H. Harris Christian Mackay
Rule Reviewer Executive Officer
Department of Livestock
Certified to the Secretary of State November 2, 2009.