2017 Maryland Code
Health - General
Title 21 - Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics
Subtitle 4 - Milk Products
Part IV - Prohibited Acts
§ 21-435. Handling milk by individuals with disease, cuts, or lesions prohibited

  • (a) Restrictions on individual with communicable disease. --
    • (1) An individual who has a communicable disease or is a carrier of a communicable disease may not work, in any capacity that brings that individual into contact with the production, handling, storage, or transportation of milk products, containers, equipment, or utensils, at:
      • (i) A dairy farm;
      • (ii) A milk plant;
      • (iii) A receiving station; or
      • (iv) A transfer station.
    • (2) A person who operates a dairy farm, transfer station, receiving station, or milk plant may not employ any individual:
      • (i) Who, if employed, would violate paragraph (1) of this subsection; or
      • (ii) Whom the employer reasonably believes would violate paragraph (1) of this subsection if employed.
  • (b) Certain permit holders to notify Secretary of communicable diseases. -- Each holder of a permit for a receiving station, transfer station, or as a distributor, milk processor, or milk producer shall notify the Secretary immediately if:
    • (1) A communicable disease affects any individual on that person's dairy farm, distribution station, receiving station, transfer station, or milk plant; or
    • (2) That person suspects that any employee of that person has contracted a communicable disease or has become a carrier of a communicable disease.
  • (c) Restrictions on individual with infected cut or lesion. -- An individual who has an infected cut or lesion on a hand or arm may not handle any milk product, milk container, or milk equipment.
  • (d) Secretary authorized to make examinations. --
    • (1) The Secretary may make or require a reasonable medical and biological examination of an individual who is suspected of having any communicable disease.
    • (2) An examination under this subsection may include examination of the bodily discharges of the individual.
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