ADVANTAGES OF ON-SITE MEASUREMENTS USINING PLASTISENS SOLUTION
Broad spectrum of antibiotics No undetected antibiotics in milk, as it covers all relevant antibiotics in one test
No sample preparation
Less milk waste & Higher milk quality Cross-contamination of milk from different farms is avoided
Fast analysis on-site Less than 3 minutes
No need of training
Total processing costs are reduced Today there is an estimated yearly loss of € 2 mill. in Denmark and € >50 mill. in EU
THE FUTURE STANDARD FOR SENSOR TECHNOLOGY
Moving antibiotic tests from specialized laboratories to local farmers or truck drivers
The PlastiSens sensor technology may be utilized within many fields: dairy, meat, fish, fruit & vegetables. However, PlastiSens will initially focus on the dairy market.
The picture below graphically shows the milk route from dairy cow at the farm to shopping wagon at the supermarket. In between the milk flows into a tank at the farm, then into the dairy truck, is processed at a dairy factory and transformed into various milk products. Lastly, the dairy products are transported to supermarkets, hopefully purchased by consumers and brought home.
Currently, on-line detection for antibiotics typically takes place at the dairy factory after the milk from each individual farmer has been collected and poured into the common tank. Tests taken at the dairy factory are therefore tests pertaining to the entire milk tank and depending on test method may take 3-4 hours to perform by specialized laboratory technicians. If antibiotics are detected, then the entire tank of milk must be disposed of, so as not to reach consumers or interfere with dairy processes.
PlastiSens offers a novel hand-held sensor technology that traces a wide range of antibiotic residues in milk on-site. The sensor is so easy to utilize that any dairy farmer or milk truck driver can perform the test on-site without special training. Within two minutes the results are shown on an electric display. Most times the results are negative (no antibiotics detected) and the milk may be poured into the truck’s milk tank. If the milk should prove to be contaminated with antibiotics, then it will not be poured into the common tank, but left at the dairy farm. Herby, contamination of “pure” milk from other dairy farms is hindered.
All measured data are available in a digital format that may be integrated in the dairy company’s Quality Assurance or ERP systems.