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ITHACA (AP) -- Got quality?

Wendt's Dairy (Niagara Milk Cooperative) of Buffalo does, at least according to Cornell University's Department of Food Science.

The dairy was selected as the producer of the highest quality milk in the state for 2001. The selection is part of the New York State Milk Quality Improvement Program.

Analytical tests are run at Cornell to judge criteria including butterfat content, post-pasteurization bacteria counts within the milk's sell-by date and vitamin levels. Product flavor and stability during shelf life were the most critical attributes that were analyzed.

Wendt's received a score of 87.5 to win the competition. Upstate Farms of Rochester finished second with a score of 86.2 while Crowley Foods of Binghamton came in third with a score of 83.4, according to Cornell associate professor of food science Kathryn Boor, who runs the program.

The program evaluates random samples of whole, reduced-fat and fat-free milk each year. According to Cornell, nearly all the commercial milk processors in the state participate in the program, which is administered through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

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