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Eurofins Galashiels launches new service for milk industry

28/04/2022
A new milk testing service is being offered to farmers

EUROFINS Food & Water Testing UK and Ireland is launching a brand new service across Scotland to further support the milk production industry.

Eurofins in Galashiels has expanded its range of testing services with the launch of its very first tailored milk testing matrix, including those most commonly relied on by milk farmers – Psychrotrophs, Thermodurics, Coliforms, and Total Viable Count (TVC).

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The tests will provide an insight to farmers on where improvements can be made in the milking parlour from a cleaning and hygiene perspective. 

Dan Oliver, Commercial Director at Eurofins Food & Water Testing, explained: “As a specialist microbiology lab, Galashiels has often been outsourced by third parties to undertake a variety of tests for the milk farming sector. With the lab’s existing knowledge, tools, and equipment, we’re delighted to launch our very first specialist milk testing suite to support those working in the industry. 

“We’re committed to improving food safety standards across the UK, and our new suite has safety and efficiency at its core. Not only does it meet the desired testing requirements of the industry, but given the financial situation many businesses are currently facing, we will be making the service as cost efficient for our customers as possible.” 

The range of tests will allow farmers to gain valuable insight into the effectiveness of the cleaning practices within their facilities. If not effective, high levels of bacteria can result, subsequently increasing the risk of receiving penalties from milk purchasers.

Eurofins Galashiels employs 38 full-time employees specialising in microbiology testing services. 

Dan added. “We’re still in the early stages of the launch so are currently refining the process of sending samples to make it even simpler, but at the moment samples can be sent to us with an ice pack using a 24-hour courier service.”

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