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A common carbon footprint approach for the dairy sector - The IDF guide to standard life cycle assessment methodology


Bulletin of the IDF N° 478/ 2015 - Interlaboratory collaborative study on a flow cytometry method for lactic acid bacteria quantification in starter cultures, probiotics and fermented milk products according to ISO 19344/IDF 232


Determination of hen ’s egg white lysozyme in milk and cheese - Interlaboratory collaborative study

The method is suitable for measuring low levels of hen's egg white lysozyme with a quantification limit of 10 mg/kg. The repeatability is 8.4% (95% CI: 6.7–9.3%) and the reproducibility 34.7% (95% CI: 20.8–59.0%).



World Dairy Situation 2014


Bulletin of the IDF N° 475/2014 - Proceedings of the 4th Paratuberculosis Forum - Parma, Italy, 21 June 2014

This publication contains seventeen papers written by representatives of national and regional Johne’s disease control programmes on the lessons learnt through their implementation. The papers were presented and discussed at the 4th Paratuberculosis Forum in Parma, Italy, on the 21 June 2014 at the offices of the European Food Safety Authority and attended by participants from 16 countries. Presentations cover a variety of approaches to manage Johne’s disease, from compulsory regulations targeting clinical disease to voluntary industry programmes aimed at reducing economic impact and supporting the production of high quality milk. A common theme was the integration of various testing strategies with important hygiene measures to prevent new infections. The papers highlight the successes and challenges and the importance of communications and incentives to maintain farmer engagement and cooperation, in order to ensure Johne’s disease control programmes are more effective in the future. Keywords: Johne’s disease, paratuberculosis, MAP, disease control, testing strategies, hygiene measures


Detecting antibiotic residues in milk - Guidance on the application of screening and confirmatory methods in integrated dairy chain management.

This document describes a pragmatic way to implement the testing of antibiotic residues along the dairy chain. From the farm to the dairy processing factory, the various stages at which tests can be implemented are detailed. Checking compliance with regulations is the main reason for testing. Examples of different regulations in terms of residue limits are included. All the actors of the dairy chain are responsible for ensuring safe milk delivery. The document provides tools that can be implemented at any level of the dairy chain and can help in choosing the most suitable method. Sampling good practices, recommendations for sample storage, advantages and disadvantages of available methods and procedures applied to validate the tests are all discussed. The document ends with examples of applied strategies in different countries. Tables show regulated procedures and some pragmatic ways to ensure a safe milk supply. The reader will notice that testing should be implemented from the very beginning of the milk production chain to check the absence of contamination. Collaboration with the antibiotic prescribers to control the use of antibiotics and reduce the risks of contamination is a complementary approach to achieve the delivery of safe milk. Keywords: Antibiotic residues, Testing, Detection, Milk safety, Veterinary drugs, ADI, MRL, Screening methods, Confirmatory methods


Compilation of some presentations from the IDF World Dairy Summit 2013


Posters presented at the IDF World Dairy Summit 2013


Detection of inhibitors and antimicrobial residues in milk and dairy products by screening methods - Guidance on preparation of the test portion.



The World Dairy Situation 2013


Requirements for Reference Materials for the Calibration of Automated SCC.


Interlaboratory collaborative study of a method for the determination of nitrogenous fractions in cheese - ISO 27871/IDF 224.


Collaborative study of ISO 26323/IDF 213 on determination of the acidification activity of dairy cultures by continous pH measurement (CpH).


Guidelines for the use and interpretation of bovine milk somatic cell counts (SCC) in the dairy industry.


Identification and assessment of emerging issues with chemical contaminants in dairy products.




Identification of probiotics at strain level


Collaborative studies on methods to determine enzyme activity in cheese making


Proceedings of the 3rd ParaTB Forum


Collaborative Study on the Kjeldahl Reference Mehod for Nitrogen Determination


The World Dairy Situation 2012


Proceedings of the IDF WDS 2011


Titratable Acidity Fermented Milk 


Safety demonstrations of MFC in fermented-food products