Because milk has a high risk of causing food poisoning, it is essential that processors pay great attention to the quality of milk that they buy. Two types of danger exist: infections from the living animal (e.g. Brucellosis) that are passed to the milk; and infections caused by contamination of the milk. Contamination of milk in the milking shed can come from contact with animal hides and faeces, poor quality water, dirty equipment and poor hygiene by milking staff. To ensure that good quality milk is used, dairy processors should only buy milk from reputable farmers or suppliers, and not rely on local street markets or middlemen. Milk should be bought using quality specifications and agreements with farmers. It is important that dairy farmers ensure that:
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