Dairy Antibiotics Testing - Designed By You, Built By NEOGEN

October 02, 2020

NEOGEN interviewed dairy processors, dairy producers, and regulatory officials in the United States and many other countries and asked, “If you could design a new platform for antibiotic residue testing, what would that look like?”

The answer: The Raptor Integrated Analysis Platform.

Many dairy processors in the United States and other countries are focused on efficiency and milk tanker turn over. Increasing testing efficiencies during tanker receipt means the same fleet of tankers can haul more milk. This translates into cost savings in the dairy value chain.

This concept can be summarized in a single word; Scalability. Understanding the importance you place on scalability, the Raptor platform includes three sample ports, each of which operates independently simultaneously. It’s like having three readers in one. The instrument accepts your next sample in any available sample port, maximizing the efficiency of bulk milk tanker screening.

When a milk tanker arrives at the receiving bay of a dairy processing facility, many tests and measurements must be performed in a short time. The dairy technicians we talked with told us that they are always focused on improving their daily workflow and environment. Using their recommendations, the Raptor platform reduces the number of steps involved while eliminating common mistakes associated with time, temperature, and sample addition.

The Raptor platform’s streamlined workflow helps make antibiotic screening as simple as possible. It frees up the technician to focus on other tasks within the milk receiving bay. The barcoded test strips eliminate the need for technicians to type in a lot number and/or select the test they are running. The platform controls both time and temperature automatically. The technician simply follows the on-screen prompts and is freed from the lab bench. After hearing from technicians how chaotic milk receiving bays can be, we designed fluid front technology into the Raptor system. This allows the instrument to automatically begin the test incubation even if the technician forgets to push “next.”

As the sample flows down the backchannel of the Raptor cartridge and begins wicking up the test device, the color change in the fluid front is recognized, which begins the incubation period. Incubation time an important test parameter is highly conserved from run to run, operator to operator with Raptor.

Testing protocols can vary based on several factors, including customer requirements, changes in regulatory requirements, and some cases, the seasonality of Aflatoxin M1. Dairy professionals requested the ability to maintain flexibility in their testing protocols and wanted the option to use a single test or up to three different tests with the same sample identification and sample addition. NEOGEN answered the call with the Raptor cartridge made to test up to three unique tests per sample. The sample volume is consistent, whether testing one device or three for a sample.

Many dairy professionals told us that they use a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to track information from raw material receipt through production. Understanding that many of these LIMS are custom-made, NEOGEN includes all common file types in the Raptor’s software. This assures dairy processors can use their preferred file type to integrate antibiotic testing data.

We heard from countless processors that connectivity is an integral part of food safety operations, and that receiving bays are notorious for having weak Wi-Fi signals. In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, the Raptor has an Ethernet LAN port and USB connectivity as data transfer options for any Dairy operation.

We invite you to learn more and experience the antibiotic testing platform designed by YOU and brought to life by NEOGEN.

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Category: Dairy, Solution Spotlights, Customer Testimonials