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Semi-frozen (Soft–Serve) Milk Products

Soft-Serve means Semi-frozen milk products including, ice cream, frozen dairy dessert, frozen yogurt, nondairy frozen dessert or milk shake products that are manufactured into a semi-frozen state in a freezing device (Soft-Serve machines) from which those products are served directly in a semi-frozen state, without packaging of any type, for consumption on the premises, in or from rooms where food is served to the consumers.

Except for nondairy frozen dessert mix, all mixes so used shall be secured from a licensed manufacturer of milk products.

Ice cream mix, frozen yogurt mix, frozen dairy dessert mix, frozen dessert mix, and nondairy frozen dessert mix shall be manufactured into a semi-frozen state without adulteration and freezing device, salvage shall not be reused as a mix.

The Serve-Serve machines must meet strict sanitation requirements and must be licensed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture – Milk and Dairy Foods Safety Branch. The license application shall be obtained from the Los Angeles County Environmental Health Division. The Division provides inspection services, collects the application and fees, and collects soft serve product samples from these machines on a routine basis for laboratory bacterial, yeast and mold testing.

Semi-frozen (Soft–Serve) Milk Products Plant License ($325 fee; license expires on December 31 of each year; fee is prorated for businesses started after March 31; penalties apply when not renewed within statutory deadline):

A soft–serve license is required for anyone selling soft–serve ice cream, non dairy frozen dessert or frozen yogurt. These manufactured products must be served directly in a semifrozen state, without packaging of any type, for consumption on the premises in or from rooms where food is served to the public (§33704(a), FAC).


California Department of Food and Agriculture - Milk Product Plant Licenses

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