Get in the Ring, QLIP and HighTechXL are looking for innovative solutions to innovate the way raw milk is tested. Solutions that have the potential to disrupt the current market on testing technologies, varying from ‘lab on a farm’, to robotics and new testing technologies, improving on centralized infrared milk testing. These solutions could support both dairy farmers, as well as the dairy industry, in their quest to deliver the best dairy products to the consumer.

THE CHALLENGE

Currently, most of the dairy testing is done by shipping samples to central milk testing labs, such as QLIP. The test is done by using infrared technology to measure data, after which it’s analyzed using the tools and knowhow at QLIP’s headquarters. Technological developments are making it possible to measure almost real-time at the farm itself, potentially using other forms of measuring methods (like sensors, magnetics, etc.) to collect relevant data that can be used to determine quality, composition, safety, authenticity and maybe even more. We are looking for these type of solutions for the dairy quality assurance, regardless of what industry they originate from, whether it’s food, medical, etc.

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IDF and ICAR have jointly launched a project which intends to set up an international reference system for somatic cell counting in raw milk.

A need for worldwide equivalence of analytical results

Global markets with expanding streams of exported/imported goods demand for a more focused attention on equivalence of analytical results. Traceable analytical results are key in free and fair trade.

However, it occurs that worldwide equivalence of analytical results cannot in all cases be safeguarded by applying standardized analytical methods or the use of certified reference materials. With some parameters, such certified reference materials are lacking and the reference method shows limited performance.

As an alternative, sophisticated large scale reference systems can serve where traditional calibration schemes are lacking precision and effectiveness.

A joint IDF/ICAR Action Team is currently working on:

  • Obtaining a suitable reference material, representative and stable.
  • A calculation model for determining assigned values based on measurements in multiple laboratories..
  • A laboratory database with a competence scoring system.
  • Exploring the existing solutions and linking them to test the concept in a pilot study.
  • Communicating the project to analytical-oriented stakeholders (laboratories, reference material providers, instrument manufacturers), and other stakeholders (dairy organizations, dairy herd improvement organizations, animal health bodies, regulatory bodies).

Expected results

  • A reference system that is complementary to the ‘traditional’ way of calibrating routine methods.
  • An implementation in the dairy sector that will promote the acceptance and mutual confidence in somatic cell count data, thereby helping free and fair trade.
  • By demonstrating the value of a reference system for a better global equivalence in somatic cell counting, to initiate the adoption of the approach for other relevant parameters.

 

Source: IDF/ICAR

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170126 Qlip opening 2On January 26th, His Majesty the King and Jan Bobbink, Managing Director of Qlip, opened the new dairy laboratory Qlip in Zutphen in the Netherlands. The opening ceremony took place in the presence of the Commissioner of the King in Gelderland, mayor and alderman of Zutphen, Supervisory Board and employees of Qlip. After taking a cheese sample and symbolic analysis, His Majesty the King presented the first official certificate to Jan Bobbink. During and after the tour of the laboratory, the King has spoken Qlip employees.

On March 11th 2016, mayor of Zutphen gave the official go-ahead for the construction and conversion of the largest dairy laboratory in Europe.

In recent months we've worked hard to build and expand our dairy laboratory in Zutphen. The chemical and microbiological departments have doubled in size. Our state of the art laboratory is optimally equipped to assist our valued customers tomorrow and in the future with analyzes in dairy products for food safety and quality.

Qlip is a leading company in Quality Assurance within the dairy industry, from grass to glass. We support stakeholders in the international dairy chain, to secure and strengthen their prominent market positions by being a leading, reliable and committed partner in the area of food safety, quality assurance and sustainability.

170126 Qlip opening 4Qlip’s activities range from Testing, Inspection and Certification in the dairy chain, from farm, factory till safe consumer products. Qlip is nationally and internationally recognized and accredited. Impartiality and quality of our services and products are assured through accreditation and regular inspections by the Dutch Accreditation Council.

Thanks to 30 years of experience, in-depth understanding of the dairy market, unique dairy knowledge, expertise and technology, Qlip has become known as a committed, innovative and leading partner. Together with our partners we build safe and sustainable integrated dairy chains. Qlip invest continuously in innovation, working on a variety of dairy projects to remain the leader and expert in dairy.

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Beijing, December 6th 2016 - Qlip became official partner of the Sino-Dutch Dairy Development Center. During the celebration ceremony of the 3rd anniversary of SDDDC in Beijing, Eric van Dam (Sales & Marketing Manager of Qlip) signed on behalf of Jan Bobbink (CEO of Qlip) a cooperation agreement. Working with the SDDDC Qlip gains access to an extensive dairy platform and network in China. This membership fits extremely well with Qlip’s long term international strategy to share Qlip’s dairy expertise with the Chinese dairy industry.B86I2373

Leading in Dairy Quality Assurance

Qlip supports stakeholders in the international dairy chain, to secure and strengthen their prominent market positions by being a leading, reliable and committed partner in the area of food safety, quality assurance and sustainability.

Qlip is leading in Quality Assurance within the dairy industry, from grass to glass.

Qlip’s activities in range from Testing, Inspection and Certification in the dairy chain, from farm, factory till safe consumer products. Qlip is nationally and internationally recognized and accredited. Impartiality and quality of our services and products are assured through accreditation and regular inspections by the Dutch Accreditation Council.

Thanks to 30 years of experience, in-depth understanding of the dairy market, unique dairy knowledge, expertise and technology, Qlip has become known as a committed, innovative and leading partner. Together with our partners we build safe and sustainable integrated dairy chains. Qlip invest continuously in innovation, working on a variety of dairy projects to remain the leader and expert in dairy.

Sino-Dutch Dairy Development Center

The objective of the Sino-Dutch Dairy Development Centre is to bring together, inspire and share knowledge among stakeholders in the Chinese dairy sector. SDDDC is founded in 2013 by China Agricultural University, Wageningen UR and Royal FrieslandCampina N.V..

At present, China’s dairy market is facing major challenges. China is experiencing a rapidly growing demand for dairy products, but has limited availability of arable land. At the same time, the focus of the dairy sector is shifting from quantity expansion to quality improvement and profitability increase. That is why it is key to improve milk yield and milk quality. Besides, food quality and food safety have become important priorities for the Chinese government.

The Netherlands has over a century of experience in producing a large quantity of high quality milk on a limited area of farmland. The SDDDC is designed to share Dutch dairy expertise with Chinese experts and decision makers in order to improve production, safety and quality throughout the dairy chain in China.

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