Dairy farming in Ontario is regulated by federal government organizations, as well as policies and programs developed by the Canadian Dairy Commission in conjunction with provincial marketing boards and industry partners.
On the farm
The proAction program ensures dairy farmers follow requirements for milk quality, food safety, animal care, livestock traceability, biosecurity and the environment.
Read about proaction
To help ensure quality and purity, milk is assessed by a Bulk Tank Milk Grader (BTMG) before it leaves the farm, and a tank of milk will be rejected if it shows signs of spoilage or contamination.
The milk grader collects a sample of the raw milk in the bulk tank to send to the University of Guelph's Laboratory Services Division for testing to ensure it meets strict Canadian standards.
Read about lab testing