The National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments
(NCIMS) had its inception in 1946 when the Conference
of State and Territorial Health Officers requested the U. S. Public Health
Service to develop a plan for the certification of interstate milk shippers.
In 1949, representatives of several Midwestern states met in Indianapolis,
Indiana for the purpose of discussing the problems of determining whether some
plan could be developed to address a more effective and efficient system of
regulating the interstate shipment of milk products. As a result,
representatives of eleven Midwestern states met in Chicago, Illinois in
February, 1950 to investigate the problems and to arrange for a national
The first Conference was held in St. Louis, Missouri on June 1, 1950, with
representatives from 22 state Departments of Health or Agriculture and the
District of Columbia in attendance. Also attending the Conference were
representatives of the dairy industry.
The Procedures accepted by the first Conference in 1950 have been used to
advantage by states in developing sound and more uniform milk sanitation
programs. They have led to the development of a greater degree of
reciprocity between states on acceptance of inspection and laboratory results.
The Procedures have been revised from Conference to Conference in order to best
serve the needs of the parties involved.
The NCIMS has served as a model cooperative program between the U. S. Public
Health Service/Food and Drug Administration, the states, and the dairy industry.
It is a shining example of esprit de corps, and reflects the cooperative spirit
of all those committed to ensuring a safe and wholesome supply of milk and milk
products. A more in-depth history of the NCIMS is available by contacting the Executive
Secretary of NCIMS.
HISTORY AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTERSTATE MILK SHIPMENTS
For additional information, please
Marlena Bordson, Executive
National Conference on
Interstate Milk Shipments
P.O. Box 108
Monticello, IL 61856
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