New Invention to Speed Up Milk Quality Checks24 July 2013
ARGENTINA - Scientists at the University of Buenos Aires have devised a fast and easy method of detecting melamine and urea in milk.
They hope the development avoids a repeat of the melamine scare in China in 2008 which killed a suspected six babies and hospitalised thousands more.
Senior Staff at the Faculty of Natural Sciences have claimed that the test works in less than two minutes.
Furthermore, the device offers an affordable alternative to conventional control methods.
This is according to Hilding Ohlsson of CyTA Astrid, who called the invention a portable, small, low cost invention that can yield ‘reliable results’ from any operator.
Electronic Science Journal Sensors described the device as consisting of three electrodes which are placed directly into the milk.
Measurements are then sent to a calculator that determines the presence of any adulterants.
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