.20 Suspension and Revocation of Permits.

A. When a farmstead cheese processor is found in violation of this chapter, the Department may suspend or revoke a permit as set forth in this regulation and Health-General Article, §§21-211, 21-418, or 21-419, Annotated Code of Maryland.

B. Except as otherwise provided in this regulation, before suspending a permit, the Department shall give to the farmstead cheese processor notice of intent to suspend as provided by Health-General Article, §21-418, Annotated Code of Maryland.

C. The Department may suspend a permit if the farmstead cheese processor fails or neglects to correct a violation within the specified time period.

D. If a permit has been suspended more than once, the Department may revoke the permit.

E. When an immediate and substantial danger is found to exist to public health, safety, or welfare that requires emergency action, pursuant to Health-General Article, §21-418(c) and State Government Article, §10-226(c)(2), Annotated Code of Maryland, the:

(1) Department shall:

(a) Summarily suspend the permit;

(b) Order the farmstead cheese processor to cease operation immediately; and

(c) Promptly provide the farmstead cheese processor with:

(i) A written notice of the suspension of the permit;

(ii) The reasons for the suspension; and

(iii) An opportunity to be heard; and

(2) The farmstead cheese processor shall immediately cease operation upon the receipt of the summary suspension order.