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Diary microbiology From March 2009 newsletter

Dairy product microbiology trials

A purpose built ten-litre cheese vat has been constructed at Campden BRI to enable specialist studies on the survival in cheese of pathogenic microbes including E. coli O157 and O26 (VTECs).

Phil Voysey, of our Microbiology Department, comments: "The vat was designed and constructed by Campden BRI engineers, specifically for use within our Category 3 microbiology facilities, to enable work on these pathogens. It has been used on a Government-funded project on the survival of VTECs and Mycobacterium bovis in cheeses.

It complements our facilities for butter making, which have been used for both shelf-life and challenge test trials. Both pieces of equipment are available for use in microbiological trials for members in the dairy sector - to which we can also bring to bear our extensive experience in areas such as analytical microbiology."

Contact: Phil Voysey
+44(0)1386 842069