Working Areas

Animal Health and Welfare
SCAHWTF AMR

IDF Standing Committee on Animal Health and Welfare

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Activities

  • Monitoring and input to OIE Animal Welfare Working Group
  • Conference on Animal Health & Welfare for the IDF World Dairy Summit
Objectives

  • To inform the dairy sector about new developments in the field of animal health and animal welfare and their implications on prevention of diseases considering aspects relating to farm economics, dairy safety, human health and dairy technology;
  • To consider and assess the effects of cattle diseases on animal welfare and vice-versa, public perception of milk production, costs of production and safety, quality and suitability of milk for human consumption;
  • To maintain relations and cooperation with intergovernmental bodies, like FAO and OIE, and non-governmental bodies, like IFAH or EAAP, on behalf of the dairy sector in the field of animal health;
  • To maintain contact with other IDF bodies as appropriate, supporting their work with regard to animal health and in particular in the context of achieving an integrated food chain management approach throughout IDF activities.
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Mycobacterium Avium Subspecies Paratuberculosis (MAP)
Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP) is a bacterium which causes Johne’s disease, also known as Paratuberculosis, in ruminant animals including cattle, sheep, deer, goats and buffalo. Find out more about the many control programmes that are undertaken at the dairy farm level all over the world to reduce the incidence of MAP in milking animals
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Factsheet: Antimicrobial Resistance
The emergence of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria has had profound effects on the management of therapeutic approaches to both human and veterinary diseases. Treatment and control of mastitis is the most common use of antimicrobials in dairy cows.
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Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare
IDF is a partner of the FAO Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare, which provides a single access point for a wide range of information related to the welfare of farm animals.
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Dairy Feeding Systems Website


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Activities

  • Internal reference document
  • Short external communication (factsheet/extended factsheet)
Objectives

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is viewed as a major concern by key intergovernmental organizations (notably FAO, WHO and OIE) and many governments, and receives increasing attention in the media. Often antimicrobial agent use in livestock is identified as one of the causes of AMR. The dairy sector needs to align on assessing the science related to antimicrobial resistance and create communication tools to explain aspects currently not properly conveyed. The AMR TF aims to collect information on the facts, the situation, the initiatives, the achievements and apparent misconceptions from the perspective of the dairy sector in an internal reference document and to make a clear communication to the outside world

Q&AS :
The IDF Factsheet Guidance in Antimicrobial Resistance from the Dairy Sector explains IDF’s global dairy position on AMR and support the harmonized implementation of the global strategies on AMR.

What Is An Antibiotic/Antimicrobial?
An antibiotic/antimicrobial is a substance that has the capacity to selectively inhibit or kill microbes. Antimicrobial refers to any substance that can inhibit or kill microbes (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites), including synthetic and semisynthetic compounds and substances without selective toxicity (e.g. biocides).
What Is Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)?
AMR is the ability of a microbe to survive or grow during antimicrobial treatment. AMR can be naturally present in some microorganisms or it can be acquired via mutations, or horizontal or vertical gene transfer.
Why Is AMR A Global Concern?
New AMR mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases, resulting in prolonged illness, disability, and death of animals and humans. The misuse and overuse of antimicrobials is accelerating this process
Why Is The IDF Working On AMR?
The IDF promotes prudent and responsible use of antimicrobial agents within the global dairy industry to ensure that they continue to be effective and useful for keeping animals in good health, and avoid eventual transfer of AMR bacteria to the human population.
How Are Antimicrobials Used In The Dairy Sector?
The dairy sector uses antimicrobials to treat certain infectious diseases (such as mastitis, lameness and pneumonia). In most countries regulation and commercial incentives strictly control the use of antimicrobials. Dairy animals are treated individually and non-therapeutic measures are incorporated in disease control. When antimicrobial agents are used, they are mostly administered locally for specific purposes. The dairy industry conducts extensive monitoring of antimicrobial use including testing to ensure unacceptable residues are not present in milk. By killing micro-organisms, heat treatment of milk like traditional pasteurization methods provides an effective control measure to assist the management of foodborne AMR.
Which International Organizations Are Working On This Challenge And Which Global Approaches To Manage AMR Are Currently In Place?
A Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance was developed in 2015 by the World Health Organization (WHO) in coordination with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is leading the efforts of AMR on food safety through an Intergovernmental Task Force on AMR. The Task Force addresses all uses on antimicrobials in agriculture products (i.e. animals and crops) to minimize the potential development of foodborne antimicrobial resistance.This Global Action Plan underscores the need for an effective “one health” approach involving coordination among numerous international sectors and actors, including human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, finance, environment, and well-informed consumers. The objective is to have multi-sectorial national action plans in place by the 2017 World Health Assembly.
What Are The Intended Results Of The IDF Task Force On AMR?
An internal reference document is aimed for IDF members to support the development of National Action Plans for adequate AMR management for the dairy sector, and to ensure the alignment of National Action Plans with OIE, WHO and FAO’s Global Action Plan. The external document IDF Factsheet on Guidance in Antimicrobial Resistance from the Dairy Sector explains IDF’s global dairy position on AMR and support the harmonized implementation of the global strategies on AMR. These documents complement the already existing IDF Guide to Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Dairy Production
Dairy Science and Technology
SCDST

IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Science and Technology

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Activities

  • Salt in manufacturing process of cheese
  • Conference on Dairy Science and Technology for the IDF World Dairy Summit
  • Monitoring of issues including new opportunities and challenges in production and bio-activity of functional dairy foods, microstructure of dairy products, ewes and goats milk, cheese ripening, etc…
Objectives

  • To inform the dairy sector about technological and scientific aspects of processing, packaging, storage and distribution; of dairy ingredients in the food and dairy industry; of processing milk of species other than the cow (genus Bos); of special relevance to countries with an emerging dairy industry;
  • To promote participation of young and emerging scientists and provide a forum for them to present their work;
  • To maintain relations with international and regional organizations on behalf of the dairy sector in relation to dairy manufacturing procedures;
  • To maintain contact with other IDF Standing Committees with regard to dairy technology, dairy information and knowledge transfer on the implications of their findings in the context of dairy technology.

Economics, Policies and Marketing
SCDPESCM

IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economics

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Activities

  • World Dairy Situation report
  • Conference on Dairy Policies & Economics for the IDF World Dairy Summit
Objectives

  • To initiate projects to study developments which, in the broader sense, are likely to influence the dairy situation in the medium perspective and to monitor worldwide market conditions and trends for each dairy product category;
  • To analyze the economic parameters in relation to milk production, processing and marketing;
  • To monitor developments in international trade policies, price support policies, supply management policies and programs designed to encourage the restructuring of milk production, pricing and marketing policies and programs designed to encourage consumption in developed and developing countries;
  • To initiate projects designed to provide economic and statistical information to the member countries of IDF and the world’s dairy sector. To disseminate information and promote the interchange of knowledge through symposia, conferences, seminars, Special Addresses, and regular reports to the dairy sector;
  • To maintain relations with other international bodies, at intergovernmental and nongovernmental level, on behalf of the dairy sector in the area of dairy policies and economics, and maintain contact with other Standing Committees, for example, on Farm management, Environment, etc. on the policy and economic implications of their findings.
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Factsheet: IDF country Reports – October 2015

Members of the IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economics (SC DPE) from 14 countries submitted country reports covering the six months leading up to September 2015.

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Factsheet: IDF Country Reports – May 2015

Members of the IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economics (SC DPE) from 16 countries submitted country reports covering the six months leading up to May 2015.

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Factsheet: IDF Country Reports – December 2014

Members of the IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economics (SC DPE) from 16 countries submitted country reports covering the six months leading up to December 2014.

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Factsheet: IDF Country Reports – May 2014

Members of the IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economic (SC DPE) from 16 countries submitted a country report for the six months leading up to April 2013

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Factsheet: IDF Country Reports – October 2013

Members of the IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economic (SC DPE) from 18 countries submitted a country report for the six months leading up to October 2013

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Factsheet: IDF Country Reports – April 2013

Members of the IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economic (SC DPE) from 17 countries submitted a country report in April 2013

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Factsheet: IDF Country Reports – November 2012

Members of the IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economic (SC DPE) from 19 countries submitted a country report in November 2012

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Factsheet: IDF Country Reports – August 2012

Members of the IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economic (SC DPE) from 16 countries submitted a country report in March 2012

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IDF Standing Committee on Marketing

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Activities

  • International Milk Promotion Group
  • Conference on Marketing for the IDF World Dairy Summit
Objectives

  • To keep under review domestic promotion, and marketing programs which are designed to increase the domestic market for milk and milk products through advertising, sales promotion, consumer education, new or modified product development, consumer research and public relations programs and campaigns;
  • To develop strategies and activities for communication and issues/crisis management that respond to matters of interest or concern affecting dairy products and the dairy industry;
  • To initiate projects designed to disseminate information and promote the interchange of knowledge within the member countries of IDF through conferences/seminars, special addresses and regular reports to the members of IDF;
  • To take advantage of the potential synergy between dairy marketing and dairy policy and economics;
  • To examine, in conjunction with the Standing Committee on Nutrition and Health, current and new knowledge in dairy nutrition and health and indicate how it can be utilized by the dairy sector to further the image and consumption of milk and milk products and counteract scientifically unjustified information (nutrimarketing).

Environment
SCENV
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Objectives
In recent years, the International Dairy Federation (IDF) has actively put environmental concerns at the top of its priorities, through scientific research and a close collaboration with various stakeholders worldwide. The objective of this work is to inform the global dairy sector about developments concerning the environment (e.g. effects of environment on milk and milk products, effects of dairying on the environment), while providing leadership on environmental sustainability issues in close liaison with other IDF Standing Committees and relevant international and third party organizations.
Activities
WHAT IS IDF ACTIVELY WORKING ON IN THIS AREA?

  • Energy efficiency and GHG emissions quantification and mitigation, including renewable energy generation
  • Water quality, efficiency and reuse
  • Biodiversity
  • Waste management and reduction
  • Review and adoption/promotion of best available technologies and practice
  • The intersection of nutrition and environmental sustainability
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Factsheet: Salts and the Environment
Salts K, Na and Ca occur either in milk from farms or in the chemicals used to clean the manufacturing plants. These salts end up in wastewater which is then discharged into the environment. This factsheet describes the sources of salts in the dairy industry and their effects on the environment.
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Factsheet: Salts and the Environment (2)
Excessive salts, especially sodium, can have an adverse effect on the environment. If the proportion of sodium to other cations is high when dairy plant wastewater is applied to land, the soil structure risks deterioration. If so, the soil can no longer treat the applied wastewater and becomes water logged.
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Farm Management
SCFM

IDF Standing Committee on Farm Management

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Activities

  • Finalization of update of IDF/FAO Guide to Good Dairy Farming Practice
  • Initiation and progress of new work on IDF/FAO Guide on hygienic practices at farm level
  • Payment systems for ex farm milk
Objectives

  • To consider aspects of animal reproduction influencing performance and health and aspects of milk production and farm management which impact the efficiency and ethics of production, labour conditions and farmers’ returns;
  • To develop new machine milking with introduction of required standards and testing procedures and work in cooperation with and provide support to ISO;
  • To determine the influence of animal feeding on milk quality in different parts of the world;
  • To cooperate with international organizations in dairy-farm-management-related topics (FAO, OIE);
  • To maintain contact with other Standing Committees, for example, Animal health, Dairy policies and economics, Environment, Microbiological hygiene and Residues and chemical contaminants on the implications of their findings in the context of farm management.

Food Standards
SCSILSCFAIDF & Standards

IDF Standing Committee on Standards of Identity and Labelling

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Activities

  • Codex discussions on possible standardization of processed cheese
  • Codex discussion on possible standardization of whey permeate powder
  • Coordination of Codex nutrition matters with the SCNH (Standing Committee on Nutrition and Health)
  • Codex regional standardization
Objectives

  • To monitor the activities of Codex committees including those involved in the endorsement and/or adoption of standards relevant to the dairy sector as well as those Codex committees affecting the use of dairy terms and the labelling of dairy products and substitutes to dairy products,
  • To consider government comments and other questions relating to the regulation of dairy and other food standards of interest and labelling provisions,
  • To monitor the development of regional dairy foods standards to ensure the regional standard does not negatively impact on any international Codex standard of relevance to the dairy sector
  • To prepare IDF reports, statements, position papers, proposals, etc. including submissions of technical or scientific advice to afore-mentioned Codex committees, in consultation with other relevant IDF Standing Committees,
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Factsheet: the use of dairy terms for labeling and promotional information
Dairy terms means names, designations, symbols, pictorial or other devices which refer to or are suggestive, directly or indirectly, of milk or milk products. This includes names and designations of milk or milk products and pictures of milking animals such as cows, churns, milk cans, etc.
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IDF Standing Committee on Food Additives

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Activities

  • Strategies for harmonization of Codex dairy standard food additives with the GSFA
  • Ongoing Comparison of all food additives in all Codex dairy standards versus the most recent version of the GSFA, and GL 36
  • Additives in GSFA Dairy Product Categories
Objectives

  • To monitor, review, report and advise on regulation of the use of food and animal feed additives, processing aids, carriers, flavors and colors;
  • To assist Codex in adopting technically correct and feasible Codex standards, codes, and guidelines on food and animal feed additives, processing aids, carriers, flavors and colors, based upon international consensus;
  • To collect and present data on risk assessments of additives, processing aids, carriers, flavors and colors;
  • To assist in developing consensus positions for the use of additives, including processing aids, carriers, flavors and colors through the monitoring and involvement in the activities of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), the CCFA, the CAC and other relevant national and international organizations;
  • To represent member interests from an industry perspective on international food additive issues and represent their views in preparing IDF reports, statements, position papers, proposals, surveys, etc. including submission of technical advice to the CCFA, the JECFA and other relevant Codex bodies, in consultation with other IDF Standing Committees as appropriate, in particular the Standing Committees on Standards of Identity, and Food Labelling and Terminology;
  • To adequately monitor, on behalf of IDF, the additive work of the JECFA and the CCFA in so far as it affects additives, processing aids, carriers, flavors and colors and for providing advice on any implications for the work of other IDF SC.
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Factsheet: food additives
What are food additives ? Why are food additives used ? … and more information on safety of food additives in this fact sheet prepared by the IDF Standing Committee on Food Additives.

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IDF & Standards

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Standards cover different areas of work in IDF: analytical standards, food standards, animal health and welfare, environment, and nutrition.
The Standards area addresses IDF’s input into shaping global regulatory frameworks through policies, laws, regulations, protocols/codes of practice, specifications, guidelines and fact sheets. It is critical to be pro-actively involved in this Standards setting space as standards affect the degree of free flow of food around the globe.
Hygiene and Safety
SCMHSCRCC

IDF Standing Committee on Microbiological Hygiene

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Objectives

  • Significance of Shiga-toxigenic E coli in dairy production
  • Surveillance of relevant information and reporting of emerging hazards associated with milk and milk products, and subsequent publications
  • Design of microbiological control systems in dairy production
  • Continuous update of the inventory of microorganisms with history of safe use
Factsheets

Article published in IJFM: Guidelines for experimental design protocol and validation procedure for the measurement of heat resistance of microorganisms in milk
Studies on the heat resistance of dairy pathogens are a vital part of assessing the safety of dairy products.
However, harmonized methodology for the study of heat resistance of food pathogens is lacking, even though there is a need for such harmonized experimental design protocols and for harmonized validation procedures for heat treatment studies. Such an approach is of particular importance to allow international agreement on appropriate risk management of emerging potential hazards for human and animal health. This paper is working toward establishment of a harmonized protocol for the study of the heat resistance of pathogens, identifying critical issues for establishment of internationally agreed protocols, including a harmonized framework for reporting and interpretation of heat inactivation studies of potentially pathogenic microorganisms.
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Factsheet : Microbial food cultures
This factsheet provides information on fermentation, microbial food cultures and also presents what the dairy industry is doing.
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Factsheet : Risk-based dairy safety management
This factsheet explains what risk-based dairy safety management is, why is it important, how risk-based food safety management is structured and also presents succinctly what the dairy industry is doing.
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Factsheet: Mycobacterium Avium Subspecies Paratuberculosis
Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP) is a bacterium which causes Johne’s disease, also known as Paratuberculosis, in ruminant animals including cattle, sheep, deer, goats and buffalo. Find out more about the many control programmes that are undertaken at the dairy farm level all over the world to reduce the incidence of MAP in milking animals.
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Factsheet: Listeria monocytogenes – relevance to dairy products
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that causes a disease called listeriosis. How does this affect the dairy industry and what is being done to minimise the risks?
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Factsheet: The Lactoperoxidase system
What is lactoperoxidase? Why should it be used and what are the issues?
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Factsheet: Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) ¬
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Article published in IJFM: Review of Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and their significance in dairy production
The involvement of the pathogenic Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC; also called verocytotoxicproducing E. coli or VTEC) in sporadic cases and disease outbreaks is presently increasing. Infrequent cases are due to ingestion of milk and dairy products. As ruminants are healthy carriers of STEC and most dairy products may provide these bacteria with favourable conditions for their growth, milk and dairy products are a potential source of STEC. But not all STEC serotypes are pathogens; only relatively small numbers in the entire family of STEC are pathogenic. This review focuses on the recent advances in understanding of STEC and their significance in milk and dairy products. It is intended to gather the information that is needed to understand how these bacteria are described, detected and characterised, how they contaminate milk and grow in dairy products, and how the dairy industry can prevent them from affecting the consumer.
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Bulletin of the IDF 455/2012 – Safety demonstrations of Microbial Food Cultures (MFC) in fermented food products
Update of the IDF Bulletin 377 (2002) – IDF inventory of microorganisms with technological beneficial use in food fermentations. While the rationale has been peer reviewed and published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, IDF proposes now a more applicable demonstration for food business operators and competent authorities.
This work has been presented by François Bourdichon on 5 September 2012 in the FoodMicro conference in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Article published in IJFM: Food Fermentations: Microorganisms with Technological Beneficial Use
Update of the IDF Bulletin 377 (2002), published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology
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Factsheet: Shelf-life of Dairy Products
Product shelf-life information on pre-packaged foods plays an important role in consumers’ choices at the time of buying or consuming a food product. Shelf-life can provide consumers with information on product quality, safety and convenience.
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Factsheet: Shelf-life of Dairy Products – Questions & Answers
Can I eat this food product after the “best before” or “use by” date? This food does not smell or look bad even though its “use by” date has expired. Is it still safe to consume? Why did my milk not last until its best before date?
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IDF Standing Committee on Residues and Chemical Contaminants

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Activities

  • Monitoring and input to new Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding
  • Proposal for Codex Guidelines for managing Food Emergency Situations in relation to International Trade
Objectives

  • To identify those residue and chemical contaminant issues that are, or have the potential to be, important to a major part of the world dairy industry;
  • To provide whenever possible technical data and expertise on issues considered;
  • To develop proposals for the management that could include such things as control, communication, monitoring, legislation of those issues, based on a hazard analysis approach;
  • To assist Codex to adopt technically correct and feasible Codex standards, codes and guidelines on residues and chemical contaminants;
  • To advise the dairy sector about the implications, control or elimination, of residues and chemical contaminants.
Factsheets

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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Factsheet: Feed-associated mycotoxins in the dairy chain: Ocurrence and control
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Methods of Analysis and Sampling
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IDF Standing Committee on Analytical Methods for Additives and Contaminants

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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; 
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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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IDF Standing Committee on Analytical Methods for Composition

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Activities

  • Development of IDF/ISO International Standards,
  • Regulatory matters – items directly related to Codex Alimentarius.
Objectives

  • To develop and standardize methods relating to the analysis of fats, fat compounds, proteins and nitrogen compounds in milk and milk products as well as methods for determination of water content, moisture content or total solids by classical physical or chemical means;
  • To develop and standardize methods related to the carbohydrates in milk and milk products and to minor compounds;
  • To develop a method suitable for approval as an international standard for the determination of soya protein in milk products;
  • To produce a report on certain other non-milk proteins which it should be possible to determine in milk products and on which methods could be suitable;
  • To review and discuss International Standards among the members of the Joint Committee (IDF and ISO) for the purposes of harmonization;
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Factsheet: Protein Determination
Protein is one of the main constituents of milk along with fat, lactose and water. Proteins are comprised of individual amino acids linked together by peptide bonds. There are 20 amino acids that are common to most living organisms. The different protein molecules are folded into complex structures and perform a range of functions in liquid milk.
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IDF Standing Committee on Analytical Methods for Dairy Microorganisms

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Activities

  • Development of IDF/ISO International Standards for various detection and enumeration techniques for non-pathogenic micro-organisms incorporation of precision and accuracy data in cooperation with IDF bodies
  • Development of IDF/ISO International Standards for various detection and enumeration techniques and identifying lactic acid bacteria, starters and probiotic bacteria in milk products
Objectives

  • To develop and standardize methods (International Standards, Technical Specifications / Reviewed Methods, Guidelines) relating to detection and/or enumeration of beneficial microorganisms used in dairy foods (lactic acid bacteria, probiotics, starter cultures etc.) and determination of strain identity, and identification of species;
  • To review Joint ISO-IDF International Standards;
  • To monitor and work with other International organizations and advise the Methods Standards Steering Group on any implications related to microbiological methods related to the committee;
  • To work on any subject related to the above mentioned methods;

IDF Standing Committee on Analytical Methods for Processing Aids and Indicators

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Activities

  • Development of IDF/ISO International Standards
  • Regulatory matters – items directly related to Codex Alimentarius.
  • Development and standardization of methods relating to the analysis in milk and milk products of processing aids and indicators, including milk clotting enzymes and other enzymes used in cheese making,
  • Standardization of methods for characterization of process, including heat treatment and suitability for use in specific applications,
Objectives

  • To develop and standardize methods of analysis relating to (i) milk clotting activity of the milk coagulating enzymes in different preparations of milk and milk products, (ii) other enzymes used in cheese making, for example lipases, and rennet;
  • To standardize methods for physical and rheological properties of dairy products; methods for characterization of dried milk in relation to heat treatment and suitability for use in specific applications, as well as distinguishing heat treated milk and dairy products including raw milk; as well as reference materials, laboratory techniques, laboratory glassware and other equipment, automated methods, sampling and interpretation of analytical results;
  • To monitor and work with other international organizations and advise the Methods Standards Steering Group on any implications related to methods of analysis relating to processing aids, indicators and physical properties of milk and milk products;

IDF Standing Committee on Harmonization of Microbiological Methods

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Activities

  • ISO horizontal harmonization of microbiological standard methods.
  • Development of standard methods for various detection and enumeration techniques for micro-organisms,
  • Incorporation of precision and accuracy data in cooperation with IDF bodies,
Objectives

  • To develop standardized methods (International Standards, Technical Specifications/Reviewed Methods, Guidelines) for the detection and/or enumeration of foodborne pathogenic microorganisms including their toxins, marker-organisms and food spoilage microorganisms as well as supporting methods like statistics, proficiency testing, quality control of culture media etc.;
  • To develop, when possible, dairy orientated methods in harmonization with ISO/TC 34/SC 9 “Microbiology of food” to integrate the dairy requirements into the horizontal methods to be published by the ISO committee (harmonized approach). If, for any reason, harmonization is not possible or the method is so specific for milk and milk products, the project will be developed to become a vertical joint IDF/ISO/TC 34/SC 5 standard applicable for milk and/or milk products only;
  • To support on all levels of the specific requirements for the examination of milk and milk products during the development or revision of horizontal methods;
  • To review the Joint ISO-IDF International Standards but also those of ISO/TC 34/SC 9;
  • To monitor and work with other International organizations, including the ISO TC 34/SC9 and advise the Methods Standards Steering Group on any implications related to microbiological methods related to the committee;

IDF Standing Committee on Statistics and Automation

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Activities

  • Regulatory matters – items directly related to Codex Alimentarius
  • Development of standards for the statistical evaluation of analytical methods (physical, chemical or microbiological methods),
  • Sampling and sample preparation of milk and milk products,
  • Provision of regularly updated information on reference materials,
  • Development of practical and clear guidelines for proficiency testing and similar quality assurance measures for laboratories,
  • Automated methods of analysis, including routine analysis in quantitative microbiology,
  • IDF/ICAR Project Group on Reference System for Somatic Cell Counting
Objectives

  • To develop standards for the statistical evaluation of analytical methods be they physical, chemical or microbiological; these standards cover the organization of interlaboratory studies and the statistical evaluation of the results obtained from these studies;
  • To sample and prepare samples of milk and milk products in international standards with the aim of achieving a representative and homogenous sample for analysis and to assure that real life samples are treated in such a way that critical differences based on validation data of standard methods can be applied for the estimation of the uncertainty of results of such samples;
  • To provide regularly updated information on reference materials;
  • To develop practical and clear guidelines for proficiency testing and similar quality assurance measures for laboratories;
  • To monitor and work with other International organizations and advise ISO of any implications related to quality assurance, statistics and sampling;
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On-going project: IDF/ICAR Project Group on Reference System for Somatic Cell Counting
Global markets with expanding streams of exported/imported goods involve a focused attention on equivalence of analytical results. Indeed, analytical results play a major role in free and fair trade. Apparently, independent local calibration cannot always fulfil the rising demands for worldwide equivalence of analytical results. It occurs that worldwide equivalence of analytical results cannot be safeguarded by “solely” producing standardized analytical methods.
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Microorganisms

This tool allows to search a list of laboratories worldwide, with detailed information about the type of dairy products analysed, the methods used, and the focus of the activity of the laboratories. This service is offered to any laboratory involved in testing milk and milk products that wish to appear in the database (from IDF member as well as from non-IDF member countries).

http://www.idfdairylaboratories.org


Nutrition
SCNH

IDF Standing Committee on Nutrition and Health

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Activities

  • Reaction to the revision of the FAO report on Milk and Milk Products in Human Nutrition.
  • Dairy fat – input and follow up of the FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Fats and Fatty Acids in Human Nutrition; input in Codex discussions related to fats, setting up of a speaker network.
  • Coordination of Codex Nutrition Matters and input to CCNFSDU and CCFL.
  • Dairy nutrition and environmental sustainability.
  • Carbohydrates including a specific focus on lactose.
  • Dairy and children’s diet.
  • Review of Vitamin K2 produced by microorganisms in fermented dairy products
  • Update of the IDF Nutrition website www.idfdairynutrition.org
Objectives

  • To consider all aspects of human nutrition and health, particularly present knowledge and any new discovery in the field of nutritional science that can affect the consumption of milk and milk products;
  • To encourage research into the role of milk and milk products in the diet;
  • To monitor and maintain relations with other international bodies working in the area of nutrition and health such as FAO and WHO, on behalf of the dairy sector;
  • To provide scientific information and maintain a relationship with the IDF Food Standard Steering Group (FSSG) concerning the monitoring of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) and with the Standing Committee on Food Labelling and Terminology in relation to labelling issues on the Codex agenda;
  • To ensure the dissemination of information through the publication of peer reviewed articles and other media and to follow the work of other organizations with regard to nutrient density.
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