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Exploding milk powder rocks California Dairies

An explosion at a California Dairies Inc plant in Visalia has caused around $200,000 in damage to equipment, according to reports.

Milk price alternative sought in EU tractor protest

A barrage of tractors have descended upon the latest meeting of EU agriculture ministers to drive home dairy farmers’ calls for what they claim are the basic conditions required to...

Destination Luxembourg for frustrated Euro milk-makers

Luxembourg will provide the stage for a show of growing discontent among European dairy farmers next week, over concerns about the ongoing reform to the bloc’s agricultural policy.

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Boost for vitamin D fortified milk

The US National Dairy Council recommends boosting vitamin D intake for children after a new clinical report from the American Academy of Paediatrics.

Terror & melamine fears spur milk transport investment

A US-based prototype scheme to improve automisation and traceability in global milk distribution has received further funding amidst fears over milk safety hazards from potential contamination and terrorism.

Carbon footprint falls highlight greener-milk success - industry

A new US study charting a 64-year fall in the carbon footprint of producing milk in the country, reflects wider global success in adopting sustainable milk production, according to one...

Milk farmer concerns persist over processor payouts

As a leading UK Dairy Processor prepares to increase payouts for their milk supplies from next month, the issue of sustainable pricing for supplies looks far from resolved.

New process could deliver better milk powders for chocolate

A new treatment could be on the horizon for dairy processors as German scientists report it leads to better processing behaviour of spray-dried milk powders.

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The impact of the Chinese milk crisis on European business

As the contamination of Chinese milk sends ripples through the global food industry, Eversheds lawyers Richard Matthews and Elizabeth Hyde lay out the due diligence procedures that food companies must...

EU reviews milk content policy for Chinese foods

EU member states are now required to inspect any Chinese products containing more than 15 per cent milk in light of the ongoing melamine contamination scandal that has rocked the...

News briefs: Fonterra, First Milk and Emmi

This week, Fonterra commits to its troubled Chinese operations, and Europe-based groups First Milk and Emmi reveal their latest financial performances.

News briefs: Milk Link, Danone and sustainable dairy

This week, Milk Link mulls selling its Fresh dairy operations, Danone is fined over its deal for Numico, and Dairy UK highlights its focus on sustainability.

Fonterra blames slow Chinese rules for contaminated milk delay

New Zealand dairy group Fonterra is facing criticism over lethal contaminated milk powder supplied through its Chinese joint venture, but says action was delayed as it had to go through...

Global growth potential lies in milk and water drinks - report

Global consumption of bottled water and milk-based drinks continues to rise amidst burgeoning demand in Asia, despite a number of challenges facing both industries, according to consumer analyst Zenith International.

UK group plays up cow feed milk-cost improvements

As the dairy industry continues to offset the impact of higher milk pricing on its operations, one UK farmers association has launched a new campaign it claims can help cut...

Growth hormone buyer eyes milk supply potential

Monsanto has found a buyer for its bovine somatotropin growth hormone, despite growing concern in the US over the use of such products in dairy cattle, as manufacturers continue to...

Study plays up skimmed milk sports hydration boost

Skimmed milk may become an unlikely new secret weapon within an athlete's kit bag, with new research linking the product to a beneficial effect on preventing dehydration after a workout.

Irish manufacturers pledge milk innovation commitment

Some of the leading players in the Irish dairy industry are taking part in a major investment program designed to help develop a new generation of milk-derived functional ingredients to...

Danisco aims to milk probiotic immune system benefits

Danisco is launching a new protobiotic fortification for milk products in North America, which targets the market for immune-boosting children's products.

DMV launches topping for cold milk applications

DMV has launched its new base for toppings, Aerion DP 59, billed it as a healthy alternative for dairy cream toppings that does not come with a compromise on taste...

UK milk production slide expected to flow into 2009

Declining milk production in the UK will continue into next year, according to reports.

Solutions abound for polyphenol-fortified milk: study

Adding fruit flavours and cyclodextrin to milk may boost consumer acceptance of polyphenol-enriched dairy, without the need for added sugar, report New Zealand scientists.

News briefs: Milk contamination case, Parmalat

This week, two dairy farmers reportedly plead guilty at a US court for their role in an alleged E. coli milk contamination, and Parmalat settles its ongoing dispute with UBS.

Bagged-milk highlighting green dairy development

A new milk packaging initiative by a leading UK retailer designed to cut package waste is just one of many green container innovations being carried out by dairy processors, according...

Innovation required to milk sheep and camel dairy potential

Milk derived from sheep, buffalo and even camels could open up promising new avenues for dairy processors, providing that innovation and investment is made to squeeze their potential.

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