New fast test for thermoduric bacteria in milk

17-12-2015 | |
New fast test for thermoduric bacteria in milk
New fast test for thermoduric bacteria in milk

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

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 Freelance editor