Dairy technology firm Oculer, based in Ireland, has developed microbiology testing which could save the Irish dairy sector €200 million per year in reduced farmer penalties, superior product shelf-life, and enhanced protein concentration, the Irish Examiner published.
Oculer's innovative system will cut detection of milk-spoiling (thermoduric) bacteria from the current global standard of 72 hours to 24 hours, with an alarm to signal potential risk of bacteria triggered in as little as 6 hours. According to a news item on the website rti.ie.
Thermoduric bacteria are naturally occurring bacteria that survive pasteurisation, and are responsible for downstream spoilage of finished dairy products, for reduced shelf-life and reduced protein concentrations. Oculer is targeting a €150m annual bacteria testing market with its new test. The company will create at least 20 jobs in sales, R&D and engineering over the next 2 years.
Oculer say this is the biggest breakthrough globally for dairy bacteria testing in the past 100 years.
Source: the Irish Examiner
Emmy Koeleman studied Animal Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She is the editor of Dairy Global and All About Feed.