S P E C I A L M E AT M I C R O B I O L O G Y HM072 10 APRIL 2016 For more information contact Peter Bailey Ph 09 576 7326 • Mobile 027 473 6994 Email: email@example.com Website: www. f t s . c o . n z FALCONER TO STAND DOWN AS MEAT INDUSTRY HEAD ATP RAPID HYGIENE MONITORING SYSTEMS Before the use of equipment in food processing, it’s important to determine the cleanliness of the equipment surface. Visual assessment cannot detect microorganisms, and biofilms may persist even after thorough cleaning. Contamination directly impacts end-product quality, so ensuring equipment is clean prior to processing is essential for good manufacturing practise. ATP is a key indicator molecule in the presence of contaminating material (both microbial and organic), and is found in all living cells. With the aid of the Charm NovaLUM luminometer, the amount of residual ATP on a surface can be directly correlated with light intensity to give an answer to the question “Is this surface clean?” The NovaLUM fits seamlessly into your existing cleaning schedule. Customisable plans and limits let you tailor the NovaLUM to your facility design and needs, allowing the differentiation between critical and non-critical areas. Results are stored and are easily exported for your own auditing purposes. To find out more about the Charm NovaLUM sanitation system, visit www.fts.co.nz today. After more than 15 years chairing New Zealand’s trade association of meat processors and exporters, the New Zealand Meat Industry Association chairman Bill Falconer will retire this month. Falconer, who will be replaced by Powerco director and chairman John Loughlin, has headed the association through a time of considerable change in the sector, including a re-orientation of market focus to emerging markets in Asia. As an independent chair, he has ensured that the highly competitive meat industry has presented a collective voice on key issues, including on government policies and trade. Falconer has also been instrumental in the development of the 2011 Red Meat Sector Strategy aimed at identifying ways in which profitability for both farmers and processors could be increased substantially. Loughlin has extensive governance experience as a professional director and company chair – including Powerco, agricultural technology company Tru-Test, Eastpack and Port of Napier – and is a previous chair of Zespri from 2008 to 2013. He has a sound understanding of the meat industry from his time as chief executive of Hawke’s Bay meat processor Richmond Ltd from 1997 to 2002. The New Zealand Meat Industry Association covers the country’s second largest export sector with annual exports of $7.7b and New Zealand’s largest manufacturing industry with some 25,000 em- Bill-Falconer-MIA. Photo: Peter Drury ployees.
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