The unknown mixture of milk from different species can be a common fraud in the cheese sector. Sheep milk is more expensive than goat´s or cow’s milk and tends to be adulterated with those of lower cost. Sheep´s and goat´s milk prices could however vary depending on the milk availability. Recent shortage of goat´s milk in the market made sheep´s milk prices double and therefore adulteration of goat´s milk with sheep´s milk should also be checked.
Last August 25th ZEULAB attended the AOAC 127th annual meeting in Chicago Illinois. ZEULAB has been attending at this meeting as an exhibitor for the last 3 years, in which there are visitors from all over the world.
AOAC offers scientific sessions, roundtables, workshops, and poster presentations to meet a variety of analytical needs. Also brings science-based research from the top scientists in the world, technical information about changes and advances in methodology and access to techniques and applications.
As in previous editions in Baiona (Spain) Zeulab attended to the Marine and Freshwater Toxins Analysis: Fourth Joint Symposium and AOAC Task Force Meeting, last May 5-9, 2013.
Phytoplankton carry out around half of all photosynthesis on Earth. They lower CO2 concentrations in the oceans, add oxygen to our atmosphere, and are the basis of most ocean and many freshwater food chains. When they die, phytoplanktons also sequester carbon in the deep ocean as they sink towards the ocean floor. The organisms’ close relationship with CO2 and the carbon cycle means that climate change scientists need to understand how global warming will alter phytoplankton populations. Additionally, ecologists wish to understand phytoplankton to predict the oceans’ future health.
Just published the collaborative study on OkaTest, colorimetric phophatase inhibition assay for OA-toxins. Smienk et al, 2013, J. AOAC International. 96, 1, 77-85.
The unknown mixture of milk from different species is a common fraud in the cheese sector. The different prices of milk species tends to adulterate the expensive with those of lower cost. This adulteration is especially important for cheese makers, not only for economical reasons, but also because unknown milk mixtures produce changes in the final sensory properties and reduce the product quality. Besides, cheese producers need to assure that pure cheese does not contain milk from other species for labelling purposes.
More than 100 participants gathered at the first conference organized by the Società Italiana Ricerca Applicata Molluschicoltura (SIRAM) at the University of Teramo in Italy.
Once again the shellfish growers gather together at the ASSG annual conference in Oban, Scotland.