ISO is collaborating with industry bodies to develop a series of International Standards to verify the components of infant formula and demonstrate compliance to Codex standards.
The series of standards aim to verify the ingredients, demonstrate that the product is safe for consumption, and that products contain what is declared on the packaging.
The latest standard—ISO 21422 | IDF 242 for the determination of chloride content—has just been jointly published by ISO and the International Dairy Federation (IDF). The standard is the result of close collaboration between ISO, the IDF and AOAC INTERNATIONAL—the independent standards developing organization. Experts involved in the creation of this standard include industry, regulatory bodies, commercial laboratories, and academia.
Other standards from the series that are currently in development, include:
- ISO 21424 | IDF 243, Milk, milk products, infant formula and adult nutritionals – Determination of minerals and trace elements –Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) method; and
- ISO 15151 | IDF 229, Milk, milk products, infant formula and adult nutritionals – Determination of minerals and trace elements – Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) method
Codex Alimentarius is the Joint Food Standards Programme established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. The programme develops harmonized international food standards that protect consumer health and promote fair practices in the food trade.