Testing milk and milk products for quality and monitoring that MILK PRODUCTS, PROCESSORS and MARKETING AGENCIES adhere to accepted codes of practices costs money. The good reasons why we have to have a quality control system for the dairy industry are:
To the Milk Producer. The milk producer expects a fair price in accordance with the quality of milk she/he produces.
The Milk Processor. The milk processor who pays the producer must assure himself/herself that the milk received for processing is of normal composition and is suitable for processing into various dairy products.
The Consumer. The consumer expects to pay a fair price for milk and milk products of acceptable to excellent quality.
The Public and Government Agencies. These have to ensure that the health and nutritional status of the people is protected from consumption of contaminated and sub-standard foodstuffs and that prices paid are fair to the milk producers, the milk processor and the final consumer. All the above-is only possible through institution of a workable quality testing and assurance system conforms to national or internationally acceptable standards.