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You were wrong to state that "private supplies can be traced back to individual herds, whereas Milk Marque does not offer this facility", ("Milk prices to fall", Business, 2 June).

Milk Marque takes a sample at every milk collection from each farm vat. Dairies test milk as it arrives on tankers and any failed sample is checked by Milk Marque. Since we take a sample at each farm collection we can identify the farms making up a tanker load and abnormalities can be traced to individual farms.

It is vital to protect consumer confidence by offering traceability through the chain. Milk Marque is no different from other supply organisations or any dairy buying direct from farmers.

Andrew Dare

Milk Marque, Worcester