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Fighting antibiotic residues with new test kit

Press release   •   Mar 19, 2014 10:33 UTC

Betastar® 4D helps secure that dairy milk is free from antibiotic residues.

Antibiotic residues in milk for dairy production pose several challenges from ruining the fermentation process to causing allergic reactions and contributing to building antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Chr. Hansen, who offers a complete range of antibiotic test kits to prevent the negative effects and enhance process control in the dairy industry, now launches Betastar® 4D.

Geared for the Russian market
The newest test kit for rapid detection of antibiotic residues in milk is aimed at farmers and dairies in Russia, which is the fifth largest milk producer in the world.

Neighboring countries exporting milk to Russia will also benefit from Betastar® 4D, which carries the official Russian GOST approval (state standard). As such it is officially approved for use in testing for antibiotics according to the maximum levels allowed in milk and dairy products in Russia.

“We are proud to offer a product that promotes safe foods free of contaminants,” says Ole Madsen, Marketing Manager, Tests, Chr. Hansen.

“Betastar® 4D will support our growth in Russia, Belarus and Eastern Europe but also in some Western European countries. Antibiotic residues in milk are a global problem and Betastar® 4D is launched on a global scale with a few exceptions. We know that countries as far as Latin America export milk powders to Russia, so here the new product will be relevant as well,” concludes Ole Madsen.

Chr. Hansen is a global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. The products include cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors, and all solutions are based on strong research and development competencies coupled with significant technology investments. Revenue in the 2013/14 financial year was EUR 756 million. The company holds a leading market position in all its divisions: Cultures & Enzymes, Health & Nutrition and Natural Colors. It has more than 2,500 dedicated employees in over 30 countries and main production facilities in Denmark, France, USA and Germany. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen.

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