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International Dairy Federation / ISO Analytical Week

The International Dairy Federation / ISO Analytical Week 2018 is currently taking place from 23-27 April at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Dublin

This afternoon, Tuesday 24 April, Teagasc is co-hosting with IDF Ireland, a Satellite Symposium on Future Dairy Industry Laboratory Analytical needs.

 An objective of the symposium is to take stock of the evolving demands on dairy laboratories and analysts faced with ensuring product and process conformity to both local and international regulation, business to business (B2B) specifications and business to consumer (B2C) expectations.

 Speakers will look beyond the tedium of 'Laboratory Analysis' to address the importance of the topic for a major dairy exporting country like Ireland:

  • Customer product and ingredient specifications are becoming more exacting.
  • Trading internationally depends on harmonization of regulations and associated analytical methodologies.
  • Advanced analytical methods are required to identify unique attributes of our grass-based milk production systems.

 Mark Fenelon, Head of the Teagasc Food Research Programme and National Secretary of IDF Ireland; said; ”Stakeholders such as regulatory authority, national standards agency, third party analytical laboratories, analytical equipment manufacturers, dairy processors and nutritional food formulators will share knowledge on new developments and emphasise the need for collaboration via the IDF / ISO platform and its interrelationships with other agencies such as AOAC in order to support global trade in dairy products and ingredients.”

 A keynote talk to be given by Dr. Steve Holroyd, Fonterra (NZ) will provide insights into New Zealand's vision of radical restructuring of their future dairy laboratory operations. Rapid developments will include greater use of emerging at- and near-process line sensors and instrumentation in order to enhance performance, while providing more consistent product quality. A major exhibitor showcase by international analytical equipment and bioassay providers is on display all week.

 Phil Kelly, a member of IDF's Science Programme Coordination Committee, said that a highpoint of the International Dairy Federation Analytical Week 2018 will be a tour of both the Department of Agriculture's Laboratories and the State Laboratory at Backweston on Wednesday, 25 April 2018.

 Further information and to see the full programme: www.idfisodublin2018.com