Canadian Quality Milk Program
Canadian milk is produced according to standards that are among the highest in the world for safety and quality.
Dairy farmers in Canada are implementing a food safety program on their farms called the Canadian Quality Milk (CQM) program. This program keeps track of a dairy farmer’s actions to prevent and minimize the risk of exposing food to safety hazards by:
- Effectively cooling and storing milk,
- Safely shipping dairy animals,
- Closely monitoring and recording the use of medicines and chemicals to prevent residues in milk and meat, and
- Sanitizing the milking equipment and making sure the wash water is clean.
All milk produced on Canadian dairy farms is tested for antibiotic residues before it is unloaded at the processing plant. Any milk that tests positive for antibiotic residues is rejected and properly discarded, not sold to the public. Because milk samples are taken at each farm, the farm responsible is easily identified and must pay a penalty as well as all related costs for the proper disposal of the milk.
Also, rBST, a growth hormone for dairy cows, is not approved for sale in Canada.