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Ensuring Quality and Safety: The Importance of Milk Powder Testing

January 16, 2024

Milk powder is a widely consumed and versatile product, used in various food and beverage applications. From infant formula to baked goods and confectionery, its demand continues to grow. However, ensuring the quality and safety of milk powder is paramount to protect consumers and maintain the reputation of manufacturers. This is where milk powder testing plays a crucial role. In this article, we will delve into the significance of milk powder testing, the methods employed, and how it benefits both producers and consumers.

Why is milk powder testing important?

Milk powder testing is important for quality assurance, safety assessment, shelf life determination, and regulatory compliance. It helps manufacturers ensure their products meet standards and customer expectations by analyzing parameters like composition, moisture content, and nutritional value. Testing also detects harmful bacteria and contaminants, ensuring the safety of the milk powder. Additionally, testing determines the shelf life of milk powder by assessing factors like oxidation levels and microbial growth. 

Did you know we carry out our milk powder testing here in the UK?

Unlike other companies who rely on outsourcing or centralized testing facilities located outside the UK, our UK laboratories are conveniently situated within the country. This proximity allows for quicker turnaround times and more efficient communication between our laboratories and our clients. Here are some of the services we can offer:

Bulk Density Test is a method used to measure the density and packing characteristics of powdered substances. Products that have been poorly ground will have lower bulk densities as the powder does not pack as well. Bulk density may be used as an indication of flow properties. 

Whey Protein Nitrogen Index (WPNI) Test helps determine the suitability and functionality of whey protein for various food and beverage applications, ensuring that the protein retains its intended properties even under heat stress.

Scorched Particles Test During the production of milk powder, high temperature processing can sometimes lead to the formation of scorched particles. This test ensures that the final product meets the desired standards of appearance, flavor, and overall quality. By identifying and removing any scorched particles, manufacturers can ensure that the milk powder maintains its intended characteristics and consumer acceptability.

Insolubility Index Test helps ensure that the milk powder meets the desired solubility standards and can be easily reconstituted without clumping or other issues. By monitoring and controlling the insolubility index, manufacturers can maintain consistent product quality and functionality.

In addition, SGS can also provide you with:

  • Nutritional and compositional analysis 
  • Microbiological testing, including shelf life trials
  • Contaminants testing
  • Regulatory support 
  • Technical labelling services  

In conclusion, milk powder testing is an essential process that guarantees the quality, safety, and compliance of milk powder products. Through rigorous analysis, manufacturers can assure consumers are receiving a reliable and nutritious product free from contaminants. By investing in comprehensive testing methods and regulatory advice from our highly trained experts, producers can build trust, protect their brand reputation, and ultimately contribute to the well-being of consumers.

For further information please contact:

Ayshea Ahmed
UK Sales and Key Account Manager 
t: +44 (0) 1513 506 666

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