New Testing Option Extends Scope Of Food Safety Screening

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New Testing Option Extends Scope of Food Safety Screening

HILLEROD, Sept.16/ PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    FOSS has extended the availability of software functionality that helps

to spot adulterated raw milk.

    The software allows MilkoScan(TM) analysers based on Fourier Transform

Infrared (FTIR) technology to be programmed to give a warning of possible

abnormalities in raw milk samples. MilkoScan instruments are already used

around the world to check milk for payment and quality assurance purposes.

    Raw milk containing abnormalities is a growing problem. The abnormalities

can be caused by deliberate adulteration, for example, with lard or melamine

or by accidents, for example, if milk from cows and buffalo gets mixed.


Previously, the software functionality was only available for the

MilkoScanFT 120 analyser.

    Screening to improve food safety

    The ability to program analysers used in routine testing operations

allows users to adopt a screening approach to incoming raw milk samples.

    The programmed analyser does not identify specific contaminants, but

helps to identify a suspect raw milk sample quickly and as a normal part of

everyday testing. The suspect sample can then be further analysed to

determine the contaminant.

    The system works by monitoring the results of analysis performed using

infrared spectroscopy. Looking at raw milk from a spectroscopic point of

view, natural raw milk has a particular spectrum - a unique fingerprint. It

is possible to program an infrared spectroscopy analyser to recognise the

spectra (or fingerprint) representing normal milk. A warning is then given

when samples do not match the fingerprint.

    FOSS dairy market manager, Dorthe Bisgaard said: "The approach is a

powerful tool for tackling milk adulteration, whether this occurs by accident

or on purpose. With this screening option, quality assurance people can

quickly check for many different types of adulteration and with no extra time

or cost per routine test."

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