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Former dean of the CNP demands replacement of microbiological specifications of milk

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On April 7, the Government promulgated Supreme Decree 004-2022 that modifies the Regulation of Milk and Dairy Products and will demand from October that the industry prepare the evaporated milk with only fresh milk.

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Likewise, the regulation also approved the suspension —until December 31, 2026— of the requirements of the microbiological specifications, being one of the reasons why some companies have not collected the milk to the producers.

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In this regard, the former dean of the College of Nutritionists of Peru (CNP), Roy Miranda, has demanded that these specifications be replaced, since it puts consumers at risk of foodborne diseases.

“Microbiological requirements are intended to guarantee sanitary and hygienic conditions for milk production. It is used as a health indicator that guarantees the absence of cows with mastitis, the hygiene of the stables, the handling and hygiene in milking, collection and storage of milk. This change puts the safety of milk at risk,” said the also licensed.

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In this regard, Carlos Lozada, director of the Midagri Livestock Directorate, explained last April that the suspension of the microbiological quality requirement “was a request from the industry itself.” The official explained that currently fresh milk is required to have no more than 500,000 bacteria per milliliter.

“That level was set in 2017, when the Milk Regulation was approved, but it was an inapplicable measure because more than half of the milk that the industry collected had levels higher than 2 to 3 million bacteria per milliliter, so the The same industry has asked that they lift that because they could not reach the required level and they are missing, ”he told La República.

While, Saby Mauricio Alzaalso former national dean of the Association of Nutritionists of Peru, remarked that currently ranchers are obliged to comply with the procedures described in the manuals of the National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa), “such as good milking practices”.

To this, he added that Senasa continues to certify dairy cattle as Free of Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis, which implies carrying out serological sampling of all animals to guarantee the quality of food with the purpose of protecting the health of the population.

“The industry only collects milk from cattle declared and certified as free of these zoonoses (brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis),” Mauricio told this newspaper.

Source: Larepublica

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