Chinese consumers have expressed mixed feelings after an industry association in China, in an effort to raise consumer confidence, released its first dairy quality report. The Dairy Association of China (DAC) said in the report it compiled that the quality of domestic milk products has improved substantially, based on the results of 151,000 batches of diary products checked nationwide by the Ministry of Agriculture since 2009…Full Article: Aug 2016

Key Point

  • Published on 16 August 2016, the DAC’s report stated that 99.5% of Chinese dairy products sampled in 2015 met the country’s food safety and quality standards. Additionally, melamine had not been detected in liquid milk for the past seven years.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2010, at least 70 individuals representing Chinese dairies, industry associations, academia, and government took part in the country’s National Food Safety Standard Raw Milk conference series, ultimately leading to the adoption of lower quality milk standards for both bacteria count (500,000 per milliliter to 2 million per milliliter) and protein content (2.95% to 2.8%). Bacteria count measures the post-production quality of collecting, processing, and storing raw milk. Healthy cows typically produce milk with bacteria counts of roughly 1,000 parts per milliliter or less, with bacteria counts subsequently increasing to varying degrees depending on udder health, milking procedures, and equipment sanitation. Protein content, is a metric used to determine the overall health and quality of the cow and milk it produces. In general, a bacteria count of under 100,000 per milliliter and a protein content of at least 3% is what is typically seen on international markets.
  • Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Beijing, Dairy Association of China (DAC) is a state controlled dairy association that promotes and guides the country’s dairy industry. The DAC has been involved in China’s D20 Summits in 2015 and 2016.

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