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Arla Begins Commercial Production Of Protein Found In Human Breast Milk

June 24, 2010: 10:55 PM EST
Arla Foods Ingredients has begun commercial production of osteopontin (OPN) for use as an ingredient in infant formula. Human milk is rich in OPN, containing around 140 mg per liter. But only 20 mg of OPN is found in bovine milk, which is used to make most infant formula. According to the company, adding OPN to formula makes it “more like human milk in terms of nutritional profile.” OPN is extracted from bovine milk using a patented process that has been stepped up to industrial scale. The company said 30 tons of whey are required to extract one kilo of the protein, which is currently sold to infant nutrition manufacturers in Asia. The protein may also contribute to dental health, the company said.
Arla Foods, "New protein available for infant nutrition", Arla Foods website, June 24, 2010, © Arla Foods Ingredients
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