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Two new certified milk powder reference materials to commemorate the World Standards Day 2013

14 October, 2013

These European Reference Materials ERM®-BD150 and ERM®-BD151 are certified for their amounts of 15 elements (Calcium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, sodium, cadmium, copper, iron, mercury, iodine, manganese, phosphorus, lead, selenium, and zinc) at trace and major constituent levels. They will support the dairy sector (producer and user) and food industry (user) to control the nutrient profile of their milk powder based products and to comply with limits set in European legislation for some of the trace elements. The materials are intended for quality control and assessment of method performance for measurement of elements in milk and milk products. Reliable testing of milk powder is essential both to establish its quality and the absence of contamination.

In the EU hundreds of millions of tonnes of milk are processed annually. Milk powder is used in a wide range of food products, and its stability and ease of transport makes it an important commodity for international trade and humanitarian aid. Reliable testing of milk powder is therefore essential both to assess its quality and to ensure its safety.

These materials are just two of the many reference materials provided by the JRC to laboratories around the world making the millions of daily measurements reliable to ensure the safety of our food, check the status of our health and prevent major accidents and contamination from the environment. The JRC is the second largest producer of matrix certified reference materials worldwide.

The JRC dedicates most of its work force to provide reliable, salient scientific and technical support to European standardisation and legislation in a huge range of application areas. These include construction, life sciences, bio- and eco-technologies and nuclear safeguarding to allow the development of relevant standards and guidelines, and of innovative products and services. Furthermore, the JRC supports EU and international standards in the areas of clean transport and renewable energies, and therefore promoting a cleaner and greener planet for the next generation.

The World Standards Day 2013 raises awareness about the impact of standards on the daily life of consumers, a clean environment and the competitiveness of industries.

The JRC matters in the world of standards!

Technical Note on the Certified Reference Materials
One material (ERM®-BD150) was produced with mass fractions of about one tenth of the regulatory limit for food contaminants in milk and other foodstuffs (EC466/2001 and amendment 1881/2006), the other material (ERM-BD151) with mass fractions around the regulatory limit. The starting material was fresh raw milk that was spiked with selected elements and converted to fine powders by a conventional industrial process. Between unit-homogeneity was quantified and stability during dispatch and storage were assessed in accordance with ISO Guide 35:2006.

The materials are intended for quality control and assessment of method performance for measurement of elements in milk and milk products. The CRMs are available in glass bottles containing 20 g of dried powder. Details about material sampling, processing and certification are described in the certification report, available together with the certificate in our online catalogue.


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