UK moves for early adoption of new milk protein law

By Neil Merrett

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The UK dairy industry says it has adopted new regulations on milk
powder formulation ahead of schedule, in order to ensure it is on
equal footing with its European rivals.

By adopting the legislation, the country's processors are now required to follow European Council directive 2007/61/EC, which sets out new limits on protein content in milk, originally intended to come into place for UK processors on 31 August. The new standard, adopted by the Commission last September, was itself designed to bring the bloc's milk powder in line with a globally set protein content of 34 per cent, as set out in the Codex Alimentarius. The protein content previously authorised by European authorities was between 31 per cent and 37 per cent. Processors from across the bloc will now be able to use milk powders sourced from England in their products, reducing the potential burden on supply of the product. A spokesperson for industry association Dairy UK said it had been vital to work in cooperation with the country's Food Standards Agency (FSA) to adopt the new proposals ahead of time. "The whole point is to bring greater parity to the market, so that no producer or consumer is at a disadvantage,"​ the spokesperson said. "The industry will not have to spend another six months waiting for the laws to come into place."​ Dairy UK said that England had already adopted the legislation on 22 February, adding that Wales and Scotland are expected to follow suite over the next few days. Dr. Ed Komorowski, Dairy UK's technical director, said that the early adoption of the new regulations reflected the importance of cooperation between industry and the government to remain competitive. "We are delighted that the Food Standards Agency have listened to our request, and speeded up the implementation of this legislation,"​ he stated. Powdered milk has a number of uses as an ingredient for both dairy and non-dairy uses, ranging from products like condensed milk and infant formula, to confectionery.

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