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e-CFR data is current as of February 24, 2020

Title 7Subtitle BChapter ISubchapter CPart 58Subpart B → Subject Group


Title 7: Agriculture
PART 58—GRADING AND INSPECTION, GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR APPROVED PLANTS AND STANDARDS FOR GRADES OF DAIRY PRODUCTS
Subpart B—General Specifications for Dairy Plants Approved for USDA Inspection and Grading Service


Equipment and Utensils

§58.511   General construction, repair and installation.

The equipment and utensils used for the manufacture and handling of cottage cheese shall be as specified in §58.128. In addition for certain other equipment the following requirements shall be met.

§58.512   Cheese vats or tanks.

(a) Cheese vats or tanks shall meet the requirements of §58.416. When direct steam injection is used for heating the milk, the vat or tank may be of single shell construction. The steam shall be culinary steam.

(b) Vats shall be equipped with valves to control the heating and cooling medium and a suitable sanitary outlet valve. Vats used for creaming curd should be equipped with a refrigerated cooling medium. A circulating pump for the heating and cooling medium is recommended.

§58.513   Agitators.

Mechanical agitators shall meet the requirements of §58.417.

§58.514   Container fillers.

Shall comply with the 3-A Sanitary Standards for Equipment for Packaging Frozen Desserts and Cottage Cheese.

§58.515   Mixers.

Only mixers shall be used which will mix the cheese carefully and keep shattering of the curd particles to a minimum. They shall be constructed in such a manner as to be readily cleanable. If shafts extend through the wall of the tank below the level of the product, they shall be equipped with proper seals which are readily removable for cleaning and sanitizing. The mixer shall be enclosed or equipped with tight fitting covers.

§58.516   Starter vats.

Bulk starter vats shall meet the requirements of §58.415.

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