§ 59a.413. Enforcement: Suspension or revocation of a raw milk permit.
(a) General. The Department may take action to suspend or revoke a raw milk permit if a permitholder does not comply with the act or this chapter.
(1) The act requires that the Department provide a raw milk permitholder with at least 5 days advance written notice of a raw milk permit revocation or suspension. This written notice will be sent by certified mail. The Department may supplement the notice by providing the permitholder the written notice by personal service or other means. The written notice must specify the procedure by which the permitholder may request an administrative hearing and the 5-day window within which a written request for an administrative hearing shall be submitted to the Department.
(2) If the basis for a proposed raw milk permit suspension or revocation is that pathogenic bacteria have been detected in the raw milk, or foreign substances are present in the raw milk, or any condition exists when consumption of raw milk produced and sold prior to revocation or suspension of the raw milk permit may pose a threat to the health or safety of those persons who consume it, the Department will immediately notify the raw milk permitholder and request that it voluntarily cease all sales of raw milkwithout regard to whether the raw milk permitholder has received the 5 days advance written notice required under the act. The requirements of this paragraph do not alter the obligation of a raw milk permitholder to cease sales of raw milk for human consumption if required under § 59a.409 (relating to violations of raw milk testing standards).
(i) If a raw milk permitholder complies with a request that it voluntarily cease raw milk sales, the Department will consider this cooperation a mitigating factor as it determines any penalty or sanction relating to the violation.
(ii) If a raw milk permitholder does not choose to comply with a request that it voluntarily cease raw milk sales, the Department will do the following:
(A) Apprise the Department of Health and any local health department having jurisdiction of the situation, and recommend these entities take lawful action to ensure that sales of raw milk cease.
(B) Consult with the Office of Attorney General regarding whether it should institute legal action to obtain an injunction to prohibit the raw milk sales.
(C) Arrange for an administrative hearing before a hearing examiner, if the raw milk permitholder has been afforded written notice and opportunity for a hearing on the proposed suspension or revocation and requests a hearing on the proposed permit suspension or revocation.
(D) Issue a final adjudication, ordering the suspension or revocation, if the raw milk permitholder does not request a hearing on the proposed permit suspension or revocation.
(E) Recommend to the raw milk permitholder that it inform its customers that it has been asked by the Department to voluntarily cease raw milk sales and provide these customers the basis for the Departments request.
(c) Ownership of raw milk permit. A raw milk permit is and remains the property of the Department even when it is in the physical custody of the permitholder. If a raw milk permit is suspended or revoked, and the permitholder has been afforded written notice and opportunity for a hearing on the proposed suspension or revocation, the person in possession of the raw milk permit shall immediately return or surrender that raw milk permit to the Department. In the case of a permit suspension, the Department will promptly return the raw milk permit to the permitholder at the end of the suspension period.
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