Identifying Origins of Milk

US - US companies are launching an authentication systrem for the origin of milk - the Milk Origin Verification Solution (MOVS).
calendar icon 26 April 2010
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The system that can quickly verify the geographic origins of wholesale milk purchaseswas launched at the Food Safety Summit.

"With MOVS, a 'Wisconsin cheddar' cheese company can independently screen their supply chain for milk that does not come from Wisconsin," says IsoForensics CEO James Ehleringer.

"They can verify milk origin on a regular basis without disrupting production."

MOVS adds to Picarro's growing suite of food fraud detection applications.

According to researchers at Michigan State University, five to seven per cent of the US food supply is impacted by food fraud involving the substitution of inferior products or ingredients.

Food fraud impacts food safety and traceability, truth-in-labeling, and brand security for numerous food companies.

Increasingly, these companies are checking competitors' products for ingredient authenticity to ensure a level playing field.

The companies say that MOVS will provide the $20 billion US dairy products industry with a breakthrough origin verification solution that is both cost effective and easy to use.

MOVS is based on stable isotopes that provide a molecular 'fingerprint'. This fingerprint can be used to determine where milk was produced.

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