The California Milk Handler Bond is required by the California Department of Food and Agricultural. The bond states that the bondholder pay all amounts due to producers for market or manufacturing milk or cream purchased. If the milk handler fails to pay, a claim can be made on their bond.
Who needs a California Milk Handler bond?
The State of California defines a Milk Handler as any individual who purchases, handles, or receives bulk unprocessed or pasteurized manufacturing or market milk. For the purpose of manufacture, processing, sale, or other handling.
Every milk handler in the state is required to have a license from the Commissioner in order to do business. After receiving this license, milk handlers must obtain a California Milk Handler Bond. This bond must be on file with the Commissioner before licensees can purchase milk in bulk from producers.
What is the bond amount?
The bond amount will vary depending on the amount of milk purchased on an annual basis.
When the daily average purchase of milk from producers is:
- less than 1000 gallons – the bond amount will be $5,000
- 1,000 to 3,999 gallons – the bond amount will be $10,000
- 4,000 – 7,999 gallons – the bond amount will be $15,000
- more than 8,000 gallons – the bond amount will be $20,000
You can find more information, including the license application, on the CA Dept. of Food and Agriculture website.
Where can I get a California Milk Handler Bond?
To obtain a California Milk Handler bond, take a few minutes to complete our free online application form. Next, one of our licensed agents will contact you with a no-obligation quote for the the bond premium. Once any necessary paperwork is signed and the premium payment is processed, your surety bond will be shipped to you via USPS Priority Mail (overnight shipping options also available).
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