Milk processors are essential to the success of business continuity for the dairy industry during a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in livestock. Processing plants are a commingling site for raw milk tankers from livestock operations. Processors may find themselves being regulated by animal health officials managing the outbreak as a way to control this animal disease. FMD is not a public health or food safety concern. Milk is safe. More information is available on the product movement page.
Processors and State Animal Health Officials are encouraged to work together to determine the best options that reduce FMD virus spread via raw milk trucks, tankers, haulers, and plant employees while aligning with capabilities and local regulations. More information is on under the processor biosecurity page.
Processors may also be involved in raw milk sample submission for surveillance of FMD virus. More information is available on the processor surveillance page.