IDF News Briefs

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NB 20140513

5th Newsletter from the IDF/ICAR Project Group on Reference System for Somatic Cell Counting 

Please find attached the 5th newsletter from the IDF/ICAR Project Group on Reference System for Somatic Cell Counting. Do not hesitate to share! The project will also be covered by several presentations at the upcoming IDF/ISO symposium on 17 May 2014 in Berlin, Germany. More information: You can find more information on the project and the previous newsletters on the following page:

NL 20140522

IDF/ISO and ICAR/Interbull Berlin 2014 Conference Newsletter Issue 2 Now Available!

The second issue of the I4 Conference Newsletter is now available. This issue provides further updates from the IDF/ISO Analytical Week 2014, plus initial highlights from the ICAR/Interbull Conference. Please click here to download the second issue

NL 20140519

IDF/ISO and ICAR/Interbull Berlin 2014 I4 Conference Newsletter Issue 1 Now Available!

The first issue of the I4 Conference Newsletter is now available. Get a flavour for the discussions, exhibitions and events that have been taking place during the IDF/ISO Analytical Week 2014. Please click here to download the first issue

NB 20140508

New promotional video for IDF World Dairy Summit 2014

Preparations for the IDF World Dairy Summit 2014 are progressing well, and we’d like to ask for your help to promote this event. Together we can increase its visibility and enhance networking opportunities for the global dairy sector. The host has produced a two-minute video that is available on Youtube:

NB 20140508

7th IDF International Symposium on Sheep, Goat and other non-Cow Milk

Dear colleagues,

This 7th International Symposium aims at providing a renewed vision of knowledge on husbandry and milk production, technology, chemistry, physics, microbiology and nutrition. It will also highlight the significance of markets and appropriate policies as they have evolved since 2011. 

NB 20140506

IDF/ISO and ICAR/Interbull Berlin 2014 Main programme booklet online

Preparations for our joint conference in Berlin are almost completed. So far we have received nearly 600 registrations from more than 50 countries, meaning you can meet stakeholders from all over the world at the conference. If you have not yet booked, register now and join us in the ESTREL Conference Center in Berlin! Today we would like to inform you that the main programme booklet is now available online. Please click here

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Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce the release of the latest IDF Internal Newsflash.

As a Codex Observer Organization, IDF monitors and provides scientific expert input to Codex work. This Newsflash focuses on items of particular importance to the global dairy sector discussed at the 35th session of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) held on 3-7 March 2014, featuring:

- CCMAS Endorsement of revised IDF/ISO protein calculation method

- Process of updating references to Methods of Analysis

- IDF's contribution to the development of the Principles for Use of Sampling and Testing in International Food Trade

FS 20140407

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest IDF factsheet, produced by the Standing Committee on Analytical Methods for Additives and Contaminants, entitled 'Control and Detection of Antimicrobial Residues in Milk and Dairy Products.'

The factsheet is also available on the IDF website:

PR 20140401


Brussels, 1 April 2014 - Understanding the role of salt in the cheese making process is crucial in order to explore new sodium reduction strategies. The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has released a monograph on “The Importance of Salt in the Manufacture and Ripening of Cheese”, with renowned experts in the field having compiled the latest scientific knowledge available. 

IDF/ISO Analytical wk Conf Newsletter

IDF/ISO and ICAR/Interbull Berlin 2014
                    I4 Conference Newsletter Issue 2 Now Available!

Dear colleagues and friends,

The second issue of the I4 Conference Newsletter is now available.

This issue provides further updates from the IDF/ISO Analytical Week 2014, plus initial highlights from the ICAR/Interbull Conference.

Please click here to download the second issue.

Best regards,
The Organising Committee 

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This edition of the Newsbrief has a special focus on events as valuable platforms for the exchange of ideas, opportunities for networking and presenting the latest research and technological advancements. We also take a look at IDF's latest publications, articles and factsheets.

Fact Sheet March 2014

DIAAS, Digestible Indispensable Amino Acid Score for assessing protein quality, will be fully endorsed upon completion of a programme of research to confirm the animal assay and to create a database of standard protein food values. In the interim, DIAAS can be estimated using published faecal crude protein digestibility values.

Executive Summary

• The nutritional value of a dietary protein source relates to the delivery of indispensable amino acids to the body

• The content, pattern and bioavailability of indispensable amino acids determine the quality of the protein

• Methods for measuring protein quality assess the ability of a dietary protein to meet human requirements for indispensable amino acids1

• Digestible Indispensable Amino Acid Score (DIAAS) is a new assessment method that more accurately measures protein quality

• DIAAS was recommended by an FAO expert consultation on protein quality2

• DIAAS is based on the ileal digestible individual indispensable amino acids in the dietary protein relative to human reference amino acid requirement pattern

• True ileal digestibility of individual amino acids is the most accurate measurement of digestion and absorption of dietary amino acids

• The protein quality score is determined by the lowest ratio of digestible indispensable amino acid content to the corresponding  indispensable amino acid in the reference pattern

• Scores may be greater than 1 (or 100%) if the protein contains a relatively high content of indispensable amino acids recognizing surplus amino acids in higher quality protein sources

• Values above 100% should not be truncated except where calculating DIAAS for protein or amino acid intakes for mixed diets or sole source foods2

• Dairy proteins are higher quality and have DIAAS values greater than 100%

• Milk powder has a DIAAS (%) of 1222

• Protein quality scores may be important in the future for adjusting/ informing/understanding the available protein or amino acid content of foods

• High protein quality foods such as dairy can be used to complement foods of poorer quality for cost effective and efficient use of available foods

• DIAAS will be fully endorsed upon completion of a programme of research to generate a database of indispensable amino acids ileal digestibility values for standard protein foods.