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Milkoscan FT+ milk analysis

13-08-2014

MilkoScan FT1 screening models featured at Brazil dairy expo as milk adulteration crisis continues

FOSS is platinum sponsor at MilkPoint conference, 19th August, Uberlândia/MG, Brazil

The MilkoScanTM FT1 milk analyser will make a timely appearance at Brazil’s MilkPoint expo as the country’s dairy producers continue to battle against adulteration of the milk supply.

The well known Milk analyser has recently been turbo-charged with new calibration models for screening milk for adulteration. The models can help producers to avoid the considerable losses involved in recalls and brand damage, not to mention the danger to consumers’ health.

Milk supply under threat

In a recent case reported by FOSS Brazil, Ethyl Alchohol has been used to mask deliberate dilution of milk to increase volume. The adulteration was discovered in finished products leading to a major recall for the producer concerned. Last year there was a scandal involving a criminal gang that added water and a substance similar to urea that contains formaldehyde as a way of increasing the volume of the milk deliveries.

FOSS Brazil General Manager, Pedro Issa said: “Over the last year, Brazil has been facing many adulteration scandals, first with Urea, then formol, etc. We believe it is a continuing story. There are many adulterants. Recently, Ethyl alcohol was detected, but who knows what it will be used tomorrow. We have started to see many companies adopting measures to protect themselves from adulterations but there is still a big gap to be worked on.”

Brazil has also created National Programs to fight milk adulteration and FOSS has a crisis plan to explain how screening can help to defend the supply chain.

Rapid screening as a normal part of dairy production

The new FOSS calibration models allow users of the MilkoScan FT1 to screen milk simultaneously with regular tests for fat, moisture and other parameters that are routinely performed on milk deliveries and during the production process.  Two models are provided: ‘Targeted’ and ‘Untargeted´ models. The targeted screening goes after the known substances like melamine while untargeted goes after anything that shows up as abnormal compared to a normal sample.

“There are many adulterants out there and it is very hard to predict what is being used today, said FOSS Dairy Market manager, Dorthe Bisgaard Oldrup. “Dairy plants must be prepared to detect all kinds of adulteration and this is where our untargeted screening options are strong since the number of adulterants that one can find is virtually infinite.”

Harnessing the power of Infrared

The MilkoScan FT 1 uses infrared-based analytical technology to test a range of parameters in dairy products such as milk and cream. In addition, the analyser can be programmed to recognise normal and abnormal milk samples using the infrared spectral signature of a normal milk sample as a reference (untargeted screening).  Users are then alerted if a sample looks risky and requires further investigation. Once a specific adulterant is known, the relevant data can also be programmed into the analyser, allowing it to indicate the possible source of an abnormality (targeted screening). 

More about the targeted and untargeted screening models for the MilkoScan FT1 can be found here.

Contacts:

FOSS Dairy Market manager, Dorthe Bisgaard Oldrup, dbo@foss.dk

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