IDF STANDING COMMITTEE ON ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR ADDITIVES AND CONTAMINANTS

SCAMAC

analytical


Activities

  • Development of IDF/ISO International Standards,
  • Monitoring and provision of input to Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF), and Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis in Sampling (CCMAS) in collaboration with other IDF working bodies,
Objectives

  • To elaborate analytical standards for the detection of veterinary medicinal drug residues and pesticides (insecticides, fungicides and herbicides) in milk and milk products; to carry out collaborative studies and in-house studies on existing and new methods for defining the precision of methods (r and R);
  • To standardize a method or methods for the determination of aflatoxin M1 and other mycotoxins in milk and milk products and collaborative studies and in-house studies on existing and new methods for defining the precision of methods (r and R);
  • To standardize methods of analysis for food additives in milk products, for determination of nitrate, nitrite, phosphorus and chloride in cheese and other dairy products, for elements with the exception of N, P, (PO4)3, polyphosphates, anions Cl and NO3 and radionuclides;
  • To study the possibilities for a suitable routine determination of vitamins A and D in milk products and develop a method for the establishment of the strength of synthetic vitamin A and synthetic vitamin D standards of different manufacturers for the routine determinations;
  • To describe, evaluate and standardize microbial inhibitor and preliminary confirmation tests for the detection of antimicrobials in milk and milk products and the development of detection concepts, integrated detection systems, based on the methods and residues found in the various countries;
  • To collect information on the determination of elements in addition to those cited above and collecting analytical information on normal trace element content in milk and milk products as well as an observed higher level (from contamination) and related problems and strategies to avoid them in cooperation with the Standing Committees on Residues and chemical contaminants, Environment, Farm management;
  • To review and discuss International Standards among the members of the Joint Committee (IDF and ISO) for the purposes of harmonization; 
Documents, factsheets, articles...

Factsheet: Why semicarbazide is not a suitable marker for nitrofurazone in dairy products
For dairy products, adhere to direct measurement of intact nitrofurazone rather than semicarbazide. Because semicarbazide can arise from other sources, such as protein interactions during storage and packaging materials, semicarbazide is an unreliable breakdown marker for nitrofurazone.
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