The Price of Milk

Together, the International Dairy Federation (IDF) and ISO have undertaken a vital update in the key analytical standard for the global dairy sector, resulting in a new dairy standard that will improve the accuracy of millions of milk tests.

Setting out guidelines for testing milk and milk products, using mid-infrared instruments, ISO 9622/IDF 141 also covers the use of Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) technology, used to improve the routine compositional analysis of milk.

This will lead to more accurate fat and protein measurements, in addition to testing for urea and added water – of great importance when it comes to products intended for export and trade. It will enable set pricing in milk payment schemes and could lead to development of new tools to assist dairy farmers in optimising their herd management.

The collaboration between the IDF and ISO helps prevent duplication of work in developing standards, enabling consensus to be reached and documented between stakeholders.

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4 October 2013

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