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Dairy Lactoferrin Standard

v 2.1 | Effective 10/11/2023

Product Definition

Bovine Lactoferrin is a biologically active milk protein isolated from fresh cow’s milk or fresh whey.

Colostral Lactoferrin is a biologically active milk protein isolated from fresh colostrum.

Standard: Printable PDF
Parameter Units of Measure Bovine Lactoferrin Limits Colostral Lactoferrin Limits
Protein %, dry basis 96 minimum 96 minimum
Lactoferrin %, protein basis 90 minimum 90 minimum
Ash %, as-is basis 2.0 maximum 2.0 maximum
Total Moisture %, as-is basis 5.0 maximum 5.0 maximum
Other Characteristics
Physico-chemical Properties
Parameter Units of Measure Limits
Scorched particles mg/25g 15.0 maximum
pH 2% solution 5 - 8
Color visual tan to light pink
Microbiological Analysis
Parameter Units of Measure Test Limits
Standard Plate Count CFU/g 5,000 maximum
Yeast/Mold CFU/g 10 maximum
Coliforms (1) CFU/g 10 maximum
Enterobacteriacaea (1) CFU/g 10 maximum
Salmonella CFU/25g not detected
Listeria CFU/25g not detected

(1) The food industry is trending toward Enterobacteriaceae (“EB”) as the most commonly used category of indicator organisms for gauging general process sanitation.  For compliance with this Standard, either coliforms and/or EB shall be utilized, at the discretion of the manufacturer.

Methods of Analysis
Parameter Reference Method
Protein SMEDP 15.132
Lactoferrin HPLC
Ash AOAC 900.02
Moisture AOAC 927.05
Scorched particles ADPI
Coliforms AOAC 989.01
All other microbiological tests FDA BAM
Product Labeling

Recommended identifications:

Lactoferrin (for lactoferrin from fresh milk or fresh whey)

Colostral Lactoferrin (for lactoferrin from fresh colostrum)

Lactoferrin is typically used in foods, beverages, supplements, infant nutrition, immune support, and cosmetics.

Colostral Lactoferrin is typically used in dietary supplements and animal nutrition.

Product should be stored, shipped, and utilized according to the manufacturer’s established recommendations.  As guidance, product should be stored and shipped in a cool, dry environment with temperature below 80°F and relative humidity below 65%.  Stocks should be rotated and utilized in accordance with the manufacturer’s established date of expiration or retest.

Suitable closed containers are typical.

Lactoferrin delivers many benefits. It helps to increase iron absorption and transport. It is also an anti-microbial and anti-viral agent and may inhibit a diverse range of organisms, including bacteria, yeast, fungi, parasitic protozoa, E. coli, HIV, herpes viruses and hepatitis C. Preliminary research appears to show that it stimulates growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Animal studies suggest it may decrease bone breakdown, helping sustain bone density.

Additional Resources

Additional resources including the Dried Dairy Ingredients Handbook and more are available for ADPI members. Click the button to log-in to access these resources.

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