Certified Milk is the Pinnacle of Dairy Science

Certified Milk is the Pinnacle of Dairy Science

It is a Clean, Safe and Nutritious Milk Supply


*What it Means

Certified Milk means that the raw milk has undergone a long list of exacting processes which result in a product that is pure and wholesome. It is the finest, safest milk that the dairy industry is capable of providing. Every step in the dairy operation is carefully inspected by many trained experts. Included are physicians, veterinarians, a laboratory director and technicians. These men are under the direction of a local Medical Milk Commission, which certifies the milk.

*The Medical Milk Commission

This commission is composed of especially interested physicians in the community, with an expert legal advisor. The Commission is appointed by the County Medical Society and acts under its jurisdiction. The members serve without pay, but the cost of inspection and the necessary research work is borne by the producers of Certified Milk.


There are at present about 80 Medical Milk Commissions in the United States. They certify milk from several hundred carefully selected dairies. The milk is produced in accordance with uniform national standards and is distributed in more than a thousand American communities.


The plan for Certified Milk, essentially the same as that now in operation, was originated by Dr. Henry L. Coit, of Newark, New Jersey, after he had lost his small daughter in a milk-borne epidemic of diphtheria in 1888. In 1893, Dr. Coit laid out a working plan, formulated seventy rules and organized the first Medical Milk Commission in Essex County, N. J.

*First Safe Milk

In 1894, for the first time in history, physicians had a supply of milk that they could prescribe to babies, children, expectant mothers and convalescents, and be certain of its purity. County Medical Societies from neighboring communities sent committees of doctors to visit the first Certified Milk Farm, and soon Commissions sprang up in many states. Throughout the country public spirited producers placed dairy properties under the control of Medical Milk Commissions.

*Methods and Standards

There must be approved apparatus for the sterilization of bottles and utensils. Bottles and utensils must be free from bacteria and chemicals. Thermometers are checked once a week. The construction of milk pails is specified. Water supplies are tested for bacterial content. Stables are kept like operating rooms, cows are washed before milking and must have 600 cubic feet of air space. Visitors are controlled. Sufficient vitamins and minerals are added to the food. No cow is allowed on the farm that shows evidence of Brucella abortus.

*Milkers are Supervised

Milkers cannot allow their hands or fingers to touch the milk. They can touch nothing but the top of the milking stool, the milk pail and the cow’s teats. Cleanliness is the watchword and contamination is scrupulously avoided. The Milk Commission stand guard over the health of the employees. Anyone who is ill or a carrier of disease, is immediately rejected. Health records of handlers are carefully kept. Nose and throat cultures are made, stools cultured for typhoid and dysentery, and Wassermans made.

*Certified Milk—Pasteurized

The American Association of Medical Milk Commissions, voted in June, 1935, to allow Pasteurization of certified milk in the methods and Standards. Pasteurization puts the final seal of safety on a clean milk supply. Applied to Certified Milk, this process reduces the bacterial content to the irreducible minimum. Pasteurized Certified Milk has been shown to average less than 100 bacteria per cubic centimeter, many samples are sterile. Ordinary Pasteurized milk runs 50,000 bacteria per cubic centimeter.

*Vitamin D Certified Milk

In many communities the cows on farms under the jurisdiction of the Medical Commission are fed irradiated yeast which increases the Vitamin D content of the milk. The Certified Vitamin D Milk is not adulterated in any way and contains no added substances or mixtures. Since the first appearance of Certified Vitamin D Milk in 1931 many careful tests and clinical investigations have been made, and it has been shown that this milk will effectually protect the average child against rickets. Each quart of Certified Vitamin D Milk must contain at least 430 U.S.P. units of Vitamin D.

*Greater Nutritional Value

Certified Milk possesses superior dietary attributes. It is always uniform in composition and high in Vitamins, which is particularly important for normal healthful growth, vigor and stamina, a better resistance to disease, better fertility and longevity. By scientific feeding of the cows and the aseptic conditions relating to the production of milk, Certified Milk stands alone as the perfect food.





Cites in which Certified Milk may be Obtained

                NOTE: Usually, Certified Milk is for sale in additional cities, towns, and villages within a radius of several miles of these central points.


Alabama Palm Beach Holyoke Plainfield Peekskill Philadelphia Neenah
Birmingham St. Petersburg Northampton Princeton Poughkeepsie Pittsburg Oconomowoc
Mobile Tampa Pittsfield Rahway Rochester Pottstown Oshkosh
  W. Palm Beach Springfield Ridgewood Rockville Centre Reading Racine
California   Somerville Roselle Rye Seranton Superior
Alameda Georgia Westfield Roselle Park Saugerties Shamokin Waukesha
Bay Cities Atlanta Worcester Short Hills Saranac Lake Spangler  
Berkeley Augusta   Somerville Scarsdale Wilkes-Barre  
Burlingame Brunswick Michigan South Amboy Shenectady Wilkinsburg  
El Monte Chamblee Detroit Springfield Southhampton Williamsport  
Exeter Decatur Grand Rapids Summit Syracuse Wrightsville  
Haywood   Mt. Clemens The Oranges Tarrytown    
Palo Alto Hawaii Pontiac Union City Troy Rhode Island  
Pleasanton Honolulu   Westfield Valley Cottage Newport  
San Jose Wailupe Minnesota   Warsaw Providence  
San Leandro   Minneapolis New York White Plains    
San Mateo Illinois St. Paul Albany   Tennessee  
Venice Alton   Arden North Carolina Memphis  
  Chicago Missouri Bay Shore Asheville    
Connecticut Peoria Kansas City Binghamton Pinehurst Texas  
Avon Rockford St. Louis Brooklyn   Austin  
Bridgeport     Bronxville Ohio Dallas  
Hartford Kentucky Nebraska Buffalo Akron El Paso  
Milford Louisville Omaha Carmel Ashtabula San Antonio  
New Haven Newport   Chatham Cincinnati Temple  
New Milford   New Jersey Earlville Cleveland    
Orange Louisiana Bound Brook Easthampton Columbus Virginia  
Plainville New Orleans Chatham Jamaica Dayton Norfolk  
Simsburg Shreveport Crawford Johnson City Hamilton Portsmouth  
Stamford   Elizabeth Kingston Sharonville Roanoke  
Westport Maryland Hoboken Lake Placid Springfield    
  Baltimore Jersey City Larchmont Taledo Washington  
Florida Eccleston Madison Mamaroneck   Seattle  
Coral Gables Lutherville Mendham Manhasset Pennsylvania    
Daytona Beach   Milburn Middletown Altoona Wisconsin  
Hollywood Massachusetts Montclair Montgomery Bellefonte Appleton  
Jacksonville Boston Newark Mt. Vernon Bethlehem Eau Claire  
Largo Chicopee Passaic New Rochelle Erie Jonesville  
Miami Easthampton Paterson New York City Harrisburg Kenosha  
Orlando Greenfield Perth Amboy Nyack New Castle Milwaukee  



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