Under the authority of R.S. 40:4 and 40:5, and in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et seq.), the State Health Officer, acting through the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health intends to amend Title 51, Part VII of the Public Health Sanitary Code related to Regulation of Milk Products.

The proposed rule repeals language that requires certain testing on raw milk samples be conducted at a state-run facility known as the Milk and Dairy Residue Monitoring Facility, which is housed at the new Public Health Laboratory in Baton Rouge. The testing required by the repealed language is already being performed by industry. Therefore, requiring additional testing to be performed specifically at the state-run laboratory is redundant and unnecessary.