News from Agriyork 400 
Sterile or Aseptic? Understanding the Difference 
 
 
Ensuring the quality and safety of dairy and food products is the number one priority of processors, explaining why questions surrounding sterile or aseptic frequently enter into the conversation, especially when discussing equipment cleanliness and sampling or testing techniques. While the words sterile and aseptic are often used interchangeably, they are not, in fact, interchangeable. Understanding the difference is important to ensure favourable outcomes in dairy and food processing, sample collection, and laboratory testing. 
 
What Does Sterile Mean? 
 
In general, sterile applies to equipment and environments. It is the concept of having or using equipment that is totally germ-free. To reach this level of cleanliness, equipment must be cleaned and sanitized using specialized procedures, sterilized using validated techniques in which the ability to kill all living organisms has been tested and verified, supplied in special packaging designed to ensure maintained sterility during storage and shipping, and handled in special ways. 
In medicine, for example, sterile equipment and supplies are vital to prevent contamination and infection during surgery. Similarly, sterile needles are required so patients are not infected from inoculations or during a blood draw. While the circumstances are, of course, different, the concept is the same in dairy and food processing. 
When sampling and testing equipment are introduced to a process and come into contact with food, they should be sterile so there is no danger of introducing harmful bacteria or other microbes. This attention to sterility plays a critical role in upholding the quality, shelf stability, and safety of dairy and other food products and is vital for making sure samples collected from the product are free from exogenous contamination. 
 
What Is Aseptic? 
 
Aseptic is a term that is generally applied to techniques that keep equipment or an environment sterile. Aseptic techniques are designed to prevent the introduction or transfer of microorganisms to an environment. In other words, they keep sterile things sterile. 
 
In a dairy or liquid food processing environment, aseptic sampling technique is critical to control contamination of either the collected samples or the food product being sampled. Aseptic techniques are required for inserting sterile sampling equipment into the production line and for collecting samples through sterile equipment. If aseptic technique is not followed, the positive effect of sterile sampling equipment is lost, collected samples may be inaccurate or become contaminated, test results will be untrustworthy, and harmful organisms may be added to products being sampled. 
 
Aseptic Sampling Is Critical to Testing Accuracy 
 
Dairy and food industries are vulnerable to a multitude of microbial contaminants that can compromise the quality and safety of their products. As such, the importance of proper sampling technique cannot be overemphasized. Aseptic sampling through sterile sampling equipment is critical to ensure food safety, product quality, and informed decision-making. 
 
Agriyork400 Ltd are proud to offer aseptic sampling vials and Qualitru sampling systems. 
 
 
 
We were delighted to participate in the Dairy Industries Expo. 
 
Anne Bigalke of QualiTru participated in the workshop and presented a very interesting talk on sampling concerns and issues with microbial contamination of metal surfaces used in dairy and food plants. 
 
 
We are pleased to announce that Victoria Marland of Dundee University is our winner. 
 
Our judging panel determined that Victoria's considerd comment was a good understanding of the paradox. 
 
Should a driver be convicted if his/her blood contains Benzoylecognine and no other psychoactive drug? 

BZE is the non psychoactive metabolite of Cocaine. 

The question to be asked and answered by Vicoria 
 
Should drivers with no Cocaine in their blood be punished for earlier misuse of drugs? 
 
For more details, see the previous post. 
 
Agriyork400 are pleased to announce that their partners  
Prometheus Bio Inc. have introduced a new oral fluid drug test. 
 
 
Don't get into your car if you have taken drugs. 
 
Test yourself before you drive. 
 
Your spatial awareness can be affected. 
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A new rapid oral fluid drug test. 

For many people driving is a part of their workday. 
Unfortunately, in the UK there has been a marked increase in illicit drug use. 
 
Cocaine and Cannabis are the two most common drugs, but of course, alcohol is frequently a factor too. 
 
This is your opportunity to give your opinion on "BZE Only" drug driving convictions. 
 
This will be a discussion topic at UKIAFT Dundee, and our judges will adjudicate your comments and award a special prize to the best commentator. 
 
Click into this post and please use the comment box below.  
 
Your name and comment will not be published and all entries remain private uless you wish to bask in the glow of being an Agriyork competition winner. 
 
Good luck, entries close at the end of August 2023. 
 
Should a driver be convicted if his/her blood contains Benzoylecognine and no other psychoactive drug? 
 
 
Agriyork400 Ltd and QualiTru Sampling Systems (formerly known as QMI), leaders in the science of aseptic and representative sampling equipment for the food and dairy industries, announced the launch of a new TruStream7 Septum, which has been designed specifically to serve dairy and liquid food processing companies in the UK and Europe. 
 
The TruStream7 Septum enables dairy and liquid food processors, and dairy farmers, to enhance food safety and quality processes by performing aseptic inline process monitoring simply, and cost-efficiently. Aseptic inline process monitoring, which is part of system hygiene monitoring, allows for proactive sampling and testing protocols and can enhance food quality and safety through the early identification and mitigation of in-process microbial risks. 
 
Latest delivery at our warehouse 
This week we received our latest delivery from our factory in Strasbourg. 
The vials travel by road and then ferry to Immingham, (near Hull) and make the final leg by truck to our warehouse. 
 
This particular load was 26 full pallets of vials, 30 boxes per pallet. 
A total of 290,100 vials, aseptic in manufacture. 
 
When you need to trust your sample container, give us a call. 
Freight and parcel rates have increased dramatically in the UK, with additional fuel surcharges 
Despite absorbing most of these additional costs, we have now had to increase our carriage charges. 
 
Effective, August 25th, 2022 the following charges will apply: 
 
Full pallets to Zone A locations will be £70 each. 
 
Out of Zone A (Scotland, Wales and South West England ) the rate will be £80. 
 
 
In England, individuals working outside of healthcare, are now required to pay for Lateral Flow tests. 
How will this impact your business? 
Will your employees and also your customers have the expectation that the workers and colleagues they come into contact with, will be tested? 
 
View the full post to better understand the benefits of testing. 
We also provide at no cost an online survey template so you can better understand how your staff and colleagues feel about testing in the workplace. 
The leaders in aseptic sampling 
 
 
For many years, Agriyork400 Ltd have partnered with the world leading supplier of aseptic sampling septa and fittings. 
 
We are now offering promotional deals on tank and pipework fittings. 
 
Please contact us for more information. 
 
Click on "Read More" to view our sampling cost worksheet. 
 
 
 
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