Milk Safety


The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is contracted by the Missouri State Milk Board to provide inspection services for Grade A dairy operations in 12 counties in the southwest Missouri area. Those counties include Newton, Jasper, Barry, Lawrence, Barton, Dade, McDonald, Stone, Cedar, Polk, Greene, and Vernon. Required services include:

  • Facilitating the collection process of individual Grade A dairy farm milk samples and pasteurized fluid milk products for laboratory analysis
  • Inspecting and regulating Grade A bulk milk haulers
  • Inspecting and regulating Grade A dairy farms
  • Inspecting Grade A bulk milk farm trucks
  • Investigating complaints concerning Grade A dairy farms and dairy products
  • Reviewing blueprints of Grade A dairy barns to determine compliance with state and federal regulations
  1. Raw Milk & Pasteurization
  2. Regulations

Raw Milk

Raw milk is milk from cows, sheep, or goats that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. This raw, unpasteurized milk can carry dangerous bacteria that can cause serious infections, illness, hospitalization, and even death and can be especially dangerous to pregnant women, children, senior adults, and people with weakened immune systems


Even healthy animals may carry germs that can contaminate milk. Disease-causing organisms in milk can only be killed through pasteurization. Pasteurization is the process of heating the milk to a high temperature for a period of time in order to kill disease-causing bacteria contained in milk. Research shows there is no meaningful difference in the nutritional value or the health benefits of pasteurized versus unpasteurized milk. Drinking pasteurized milk has never been found to be the cause of any disease, allergy, developmental, or behavioral problem. All of the nutritional benefits of drinking milk are available from pasteurized milk without the risk of disease that comes with drinking raw milk.

Protect yourself and your family and check labels to ensure that the dairy products you consumer are pasteurized products.

Many scientific health organizations recommend only the consumption of pasteurized milk including: