P-29, r. 3.3 - Pilot project concerning the preparation of cooked food having raw goat, sheep or buffalo milk as an ingredient

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chapter P-29, r. 3.3
Pilot project concerning the preparation of cooked food having raw goat, sheep or buffalo milk as an ingredient
Food Products Act
(chapter P-29, s. 56.1.1).
CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
M.O. 2022-05-03, c. I.
1. The implementation of a Pilot project concerning the preparation of cooked food having raw goat, sheep or buffalo milk as an ingredient is authorized on the following basis:
(1)  evaluating the practices used in artisanal production of raw milk, in particular with respect to their impact on the wholesomeness of food;
(2)  gathering information regarding the feasibility and relevance of implementing standards for such practices;
(3)  where applicable, defining standards that could allow the preparation of cooked food having raw milk as an ingredient.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 1.
2. To be authorized to participate in the pilot project, the applicant must
(1)  apply to the Minister using the prescribed form, in which the following information must be provided:
(a)  the applicant’s name, address, telephone number and email address; the same information is also required with regard to the applicant’s representative if that representative is a legal person, partnership or association without legal personality;
(b)  the Québec business number assigned to the applicant under the Act respecting the legal publicity of enterprises (chapter P-44.1), where applicable;
(c)  the address of the farm and plant where the food will be prepared;
(2)  provide a protocol describing the manner in which the operations will be carried out, the equipment used and the food that will be prepared; and
(3)  provide a report of analysis demonstrating that the water is drinkable if the water does not come from a waterworks system.
An application to participate in the pilot project must be accompanied by a statement that the information and documents provided under the first paragraph are true, and be signed by the person making the application.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 2.
CHAPTER II
PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO THE PILOT PROJECT
M.O. 2022-05-03, c. II.
DIVISION I
GENERAL
M.O. 2022-05-03, Div. I.
3. The preparation at the farm of cooked food having raw goat, sheep or buffalo milk as an ingredient is authorized, on the conditions set out in this Order.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 3.
4. Persons authorized to participate in a pilot project, hereinafter referred to as authorized operators, may only prepare, as part of the pilot project, food
(1)  prepared with raw milk from goats, sheep or buffalo that is collected on the site of the farm where the preparation takes place;
(2)  cooked in a preparation plant provided for that purpose;
(3)  that is not a dairy product within the meaning of the Food Products Act (chapter P-29) and the regulations.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 4.
5. Unless otherwise provided in this pilot project, the provisions of the Food Products Act (chapter P-29) and the regulations applicable to the production of raw milk and the preparation of food apply to authorized operators, with the necessary modifications.
More specifically, Chapter 11 of the Regulation respecting food (chapter P-29, r. 1) applies to the production of raw milk, with the necessary modifications. Authorized operators may use raw milk collected at their farms in the preparation of food without the raw milk having to go to a dairy plant and being collected or tested by a tester. Authorized operators are also exempted from holding a tester permit referred to in section 8.2 of the Food Products Act and a dairy plant permit referred to in subparagraph k.1 of the first paragraph of section 9 of the Act.
In case of conflict, the provisions of this pilot project prevail over any inconsistent provision of the Act and the regulations.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 5.
DIVISION II
PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE PRODUCTION OF RAW GOAT, SHEEP OR BUFFALO MILK
M.O. 2022-05-03, Div. II.
6. Authorized operators are exempted from complying with sections 11.2.2 to 11.2.20 of the Regulation respecting food (chapter P-29, r. 1). The place where milking is carried out must be laid out to ensure the wholesomeness of the raw milk collected.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 6.
7. Authorized operators are prohibited from using raw milk from an animal that shows any visible sign of disease or anomaly or that comes from a diseased herd.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 7.
8. Authorized operators are prohibited from using raw milk from an animal that has been administered a medication or has consumed a medicinal food, before the expiry of the waiting period indicated in the prescription of the veterinarian or, in other cases, on the packaging of, or in a document provided with the medication or medicinal food.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 8.
9. Authorized operators must implement a monthly milk quality monitoring program to ensure that the raw milk standards provided for in Schedule 11.A of the Regulation respecting food (chapter P-29, r. 1) are met with respect to total mesophilic aerobic bacteria, the number of somatic cells and the absence of inhibitor in the milk produced by the herd.
Every sample taken under the first paragraph must be sent to the Minister’s laboratory or to any other laboratory designated by the Minister.
Authorized operators must keep, on the farm site, the copies of the reports obtained as part of the monthly milk quality monitoring program in a register for a period of 12 months after their receipt.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 9.
10. Authorized operators must, at least once a year, have a veterinarian see to the sanitary and preventative management of their goat, sheep or buffalo herd.
Copies of the veterinarian’s visit report and, where applicable, the prescriptions must be sent to the person designated by the Minister within 30 days following the date of the veterinarian’s visit. Operators must also keep the report, prescriptions and individual health sheets of the animals on the farm site for 2 years following the date of the visit.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 10.
DIVISION III
PROVISION RELATING TO THE PREPARATION AND SALE OF FOOD
M.O. 2022-05-03, Div. III.
11. Authorized operators are exempted from section 11.7 of the Regulation respecting food (chapter P-29, r. 1). They must, however, cook the food that has raw milk as an ingredient to ensure the wholesomeness and specify the conditions of cooking in the protocol to be provided under subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph of section 2 of this Order.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 11.
12. Subject to them holding the permit referred to in subparagraph m of the first paragraph of section 9 of the Food Products Act (chapter P-29), authorized operators may only sell at retail food prepared in accordance with this Order on their farm’s site or at a public market.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 12.
13. A label bearing the following information must be affixed on the packaging:
(1)  the date of packaging and durable life;
(2)  the name and contact information of the authorized operator or, where applicable, the name under which the preparation plant is operated and its contact information;
(3)  the net weight of the product;
(4)  a list of all ingredients and their components in descending order of predominance.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 13.
DIVISION IV
OFFENCES
M.O. 2022-05-03, Div. IV.
14. Every authorized operator who contravenes
(1)  the third paragraph of section 9,
(2)  the second paragraph of section 10, or
(3)  section 13,
is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of $250 to $1,000.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 14.
15. Every authorized operator who contravenes
(1)  any of sections 4 to 8,
(2)  the first or second paragraph of section 9,
(3)  the first paragraph of section 10, or
(4)  section 11 or 12,
is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of $1,000 to $5,000.
Every authorized operator who has made a false or misleading statement in a document prescribed by this Order is guilty of an offence and is liable to the fine provided for in the first paragraph.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 15.
CHAPTER III
FINAL
M.O. 2022-05-03, c. III.
16. (Omitted in part).
This Order is revoked on 2 June 2026.
M.O. 2022-05-03, s. 16.
REFERENCES
M.O. 2022-05-03, 2022 G.O. 2, 1396