81-21-102. Licensing of milk plants and dairies selling milk or cream for public consumption. (1) Except for a small dairy, it is unlawful for the following businesses to operate in this state without first obtaining a license from the department:
(a) a dairy selling milk or cream for public consumption in the form in which it is originally produced;
(b) a condensed, evaporated, or powdered milk plant;
(c) a fluid milk plant.
(2) A license expires on December 31 of the year issued. The department may, following the procedures in the Montana Administrative Procedure Act, deny, suspend, or revoke a license when it determines that a person to whom the license is issued has failed to comply with the rules of the department or has failed to conduct the person's establishment in a sanitary manner. All license fees collected must be deposited into the general fund.
(3) The department may issue a restraining order prohibiting a dairy from selling or giving away milk or cream not produced or handled under the laws of this state or the rules of the department. It is unlawful for a dairy, while restrained, to sell or give away for public consumption milk or cream produced or handled by the dairy, and it is also unlawful for a dairy products manufacturing plant, milk plant, or cream station to purchase or use the cream or milk from a dairy while the dairy is restrained.
(4) The department shall establish license fees for the following facilities:
(a) a condensed, evaporated, or powdered milk factory;
(b) a fluid milk plant; and
(c) a dairy.
(5) A person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.