IDFA, NMPF urge South Dakota lawmakers to reject ‘raw milk’ bill
Organizations representing the nation’s dairy farmers and dairy companies jointly urged state lawmakers in South Dakota to reject efforts easing regulations surrounding raw milk sales directly to consumers.
In a letter sent Wednesday to South Dakota state senators, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said that the risks inherent in raw dairy products are not worth any purported benefits to either consumers or producers of unpasteurized milk products. The two associations urged lawmakers to reject Senate Bill No. 126, legislation designed to further ease the sale of unpasteurized milk in South Dakota. The measure is the subject of a hearing in Pierre, S.D. on Friday, Feb. 7.
Kjeldahl protein test revision proposed for global standardization
The International Dairy Federation (IDF) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have joined forces to expand the scope of an international dairy industry standard to measure the protein content of cow's milk. The Kjeldahl method plays a pivotal role in national and international trade, helping calculate fair milk payments for dairy farmers, controlling manufacturing processes and checking regulatory compliance.
The revised standard ISO 8968-1:2014 (IDF 20-1:2014) reconfirms the crucial role of the Kjeldahl method in trade harmonization and enhances consumer protection safeguards. The next step is to submit the revised Kjeldahl method for endorsement by Codex Alimentarius.
“This standard is about the determination of one of the major components in milk and many milk products, in fact the component that accounts for over 50% of the market value of milk,” explained Dr. Harrie van den Bijgaart, Chair of the ISO technical committee on milk and milk products.
“IDF and ISO experts have now successfully modified and scientifically validated the method so that it applies to a wide range of dairy products. In addition to liquid bovine whole milk, the method can now be applied to bovine milk with reduced fat content, goat whole milk, sheep whole milk, cheese, dried milk and dried milk products including milk-based infant formulae, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, casein and caseinate,” explained Dr. Jaap Evers, Chair of the IDF Methods Standards Steering Group explained.