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Subject 40-2-3 LABELING

Rule 40-2-3-.01 Labeling, General

(1) All bottles, cans, packages, and other containers enclosing milk, any milk product or frozen desserts defined in these rules and regulations shall be plainly labeled and marked with:
(a) the name of the product; and,
(b) the grade of the product, if a grade is prescribed for such product under these definitions, standards, rules and regulations.
(c) All containers of milk, milk products, frozen desserts and imitation dairy products shall be clearly marked with the name and address of the processor and/or the plant identification number assigned to the processor by the regulatory agency when offered for sale. This does not include containers for products, which have been cut, dipped, or otherwise dispensed.
(2) All containers of milk and milk products shall be clearly marked with a Sell By Date with the exception of frozen desserts and some shelf stable products where processing codes may be required.
(a) The Georgia Department of Agriculture may require acceptable documentation from an approved lab that validates the shelf life claim.
(b) Sell By Date shall be expressed by the first three letters of the month followed by the numeral(s) constituting the appropriate calendar date or alternately could be expressed numerically, provided plant code or machine code is not placed adjacent to the Sell By Date. The Sell By Date shall be conspicuous and legible. Containers with dates on the bottom shall display information concerning the location of the Sell By Date.
(3) In addition to the above labeling requirements, all products shall meet legal standards as established by other sections of these regulations.
(4) All retail establishments shall be supplied with fresh dairy products with a Sell By Date on products that would conform to a reasonable delivery time from the date of processing. Milk products after initial delivery shall not be moved to other accounts when such products are late in code.

Rule 40-2-3-.02 Approval of Labels

(1) Manufacturer-Processor Identity Labeling: Identity is defined as the name, address, including zip code of the plant at which the pasteurization, ultra pasteurization or aseptic processing takes place. The Voluntary National Uniform Coding System for Identification of Pasteurization Plants at which milk and milk products are packaged is hereby adopted by reference, in order to provide a uniform system of codes throughout the country. However, before a code may be used to indicate address of the plant at which pasteurization takes place, the code shall be registered with the regulatory agency. Name and address and/or plant codes must be placed on the final delivery container.
(2) In cases where several pasteurization, ultra pasteurization or aseptic processing plants are operated by one firm, the common firm name may be utilized on product containers; provided, that the location of the plant at which the contents were pasteurized is also shown, either directly or by a code. The street address of the pasteurizing plant need not be shown when only one approved plant of a given name is located within the municipality.
(3) Misleading labels: The regulatory agency shall not permit the use of any misleading marks, words or endorsements upon the label. The agency may permit the use of registered trade designs or similar terms on the bottle cap or label when, in the agency's opinion, they are not misleading and are clearly and conspicuously shown.

Rule 40-2-3-.03 Repealed

Rule 40-2-3-.04 Repealed

Rule 40-2-3-.05 Repealed

Rule 40-2-3-.06 Repealed

Rule 40-2-3-.07 Repealed

Rule 40-2-3-.08 Repealed

Rule 40-2-3-.09 Repealed