Determination of Lactose in milk and dairy products

The chemical analysis of the milk and dairy products for quality control for every stage of the production chain with CDR FoodLab®

CDR FoodLab®  allows to perform lactose determination in milk in accordance to the reference method (HPLC), that requests training, special skills and so much time at disposal.

Instead with CDR FoodLab®    you can estimate the lactose in milk and dairy products with a simple analysis method, in 10 minutes. In few steps you can obtain reliable and accurate results.

The CDR FoodLab® method can work easily on liquid or solid samples. For the latter it is required a very quick sample pretreatment in order to extract the solution for the analysis.

The test is suitable for use on lactose free products, where a part or all the lactose has been broken down to glucose and galactose by the lactase enzyme, it is also suitable for products where lactose is normally present.

Analyzers for determining Lactose in milk and dairy products

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Analyses Milk and Dairy Products:
L-Lactic acid
Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN)
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP)
Hydrogen peroxide
ε-fructosyl-lisine (Furosine)
Configuration with tailored panel of analyses
Simultaneous Sample Analyses 16 3
Multiple Analyses on a Sample si

Lactose test with CDR FoodLab® is Fast and Simple. Take a look!

Determination of Lactose content in lactose-free dairy products with CDR FoodLab® in-depth

CDR FoodLab method for the determination of Lactose content in lactose-free dairy productsIn this work the new method  for lactose determination, that is in CDR FoodLab®, is assessed in terms of reproducibility, accuracy and recovery.

New method and traditional enzymatic method are also taken into comparisonon adding determined aliquotes of lactose in reallactose-free matrices.

The new method, that is in CDR FoodLab®, appears to be much quicker and with a friendly use for everyone if it is compared to the tradional enzymatic kit. Read More

Correlation curve

The Poligny ACTALIA (France) reference laboratory, specialising in food analysis, performed an evaluation study: the analysis of lactose on lactose-free milk was performed with CDR FoodLab® and with the HPLC method (ISO 22662) . The correlation R2 = 0.9882 is excellent considering the type of analysis and the difficulty in performing the reference methods.

The analysis of lactose on lactose-free milk was performed with CDR FoodLab® and with the HPLC method (ISO 22662) . The correlation R2 = 0.9882


Test type: End Point
Time of test: 10 minutes
It is possible to carry out several test sessions with a maximum of 16 samples.

Test principle

Lactose is a disaccharide sugar that is found in milk and is formed from galactose and glucose. Lactose makes up around 4.5~5% of milk (by weight). The enzyme lactase is essential for digestive hydrolysis of lactose in milk. Deficiency of the enzyme causes lactose intolerance.

Lactose is split in glucose and galactose. Glucose reacts with a phenolic compound through an enzymatic reaction, with peroxidase, and forms a pink coloured complex. The absorbance of the complex is read at 505 nm, and the value is directly proportional to the concentration of lactose in the sample.

Reagent test Kits

The reagents are packaged in foil pouches containing 10 tubes useful to perform 10 analyses.

This is the minimum package that allows the use of CDR systems even to those who need to make a few analyses, thus not wasting reagents.

There are also boxes of 100 tests, however, packaged in 10 bags of 10 tubes containing the reagent.

Code *300015: 100 tests

Code *300010: 10 tests

The reagents have a shelf-life of 12 months

Sample Preparation

Milk: Dilute 1 part of milk + 10 parts of water. E.g. take 100 uL of milk and add it to 1mL of distilled water

Cheese, yogurt, cream: weight 10 gr of sample and add 100 mL of distilled water. Mix in a Stomacher for about 3 minutes. Take the filtered solution to test.

Measuring range

Test Measuring Range Resolution Repeatability
Lactose [1.5-5.5 g/100g] 1.5 - 5.5 g/100g 0.01 g/100g 0.09 g/100g
Lactose [0.01-2 g/100g] 0.01 - 2 g/100g 0.01 g/100g 0.05 g/100g

Download the CDR Kit Lactose_0.01-5.5% method in pdf format

Reagents developed by CDR S.r.l - Quality System Certified ISO 9001 Ed. 2015 - Certificate n. 9115

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With the CDR system, you can perform your tests in total autonomy

Neither skilled staff nor a dedicated external laboratory is needed to use our systems. CDR FoodLab® optimizes traditional testing methods, making them faster and easier, while guaranteeing accuracy standards in line with the reference methods.

Analytical kit

CDR FoodLab® Analysis Systems use disposable pre-vialed reagents specifically developed by the research laboratories of CDR. The use of pre-vialed reagents and the analytical procedures allow:

  • a sample preparation that is quick and easy, when needed at all;
  • making analytical procedures extremely fast and easy;
  • removing all needs for complex calibration procedures.

Reagents come in aluminum packages containing 10 test tubes each to perform 10 tests (or packages for 100 tests containing 10 single packages of 10 test tubes each).

Just a few steps and results are yielded right away

Just a few steps will suffice to carry out your analysis in a rapid way in total autonomy. The system is composed of both the analyzer based on photometric technology and a kit of low toxicity, pre-vialed reagents, developed by CDR.

CDR FoodLab® is cost-effective because it does not require the use of expensive equipment and does not entail maintenance, assistance or calibration costs.
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