PHSS June 2017 Conference Review

By Andrew Ramage

Challenges in Sterile Products Manufacture

 

 

The PHSS conference concerning sterile manufacturing took place at the Mere Golf Resort and Spa in Knutsford, Cheshire on 8th June. Sales Manager, Andrew Barrow and yours truly manned the Cherwell Laboratories stand, looking to impress potential new customers and engage with our old friends and acquaintances. This event was very much focussed to the core market Cherwell Laboratories sells to and is always interesting to attend the various talks...

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Cleanroom Decontamination Units: Buyer Beware!

By Sandra Hulme

Are you looking to replace an existing cleanroom decontamination unit? The convenience of the Internet makes finding, buying, and even having your new purchase delivered within 24 hours easily enough. Finding a unit that won’t leave you with buyer’s remorse, however, is not that easy.

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Cleanroom Decontamination - Farewell to Formaldehyde!

By Andy Whittard

Formaldehyde has been used in an increasing number and range of common applications since the first successful isolation of the pure chemical in 1892 by the German chemist, Friedrich August Kekule' von Stradonitz.

Today, Formaldehyde is the public sector’s first choice of disinfectant for cleanrooms.

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Making Pharmaceuticals 2017

By Andrew Ramage

 Topics of interest to microbiologists

 

 

I attended the Making Pharmaceuticals Exhibition and Conference 2017 on 25th April as a delegate rather than exhibitor. Although of limited interest (little to do with microbiology) I thought it would be good to have a nose to see if anything would pique my interest. Our friends from Pharmig are regular exhibitors at the event. I went over to say hello and was asked very quickly to write a blog about the two talks being given by Pharmig chair David...

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Desiccation of Agar Plates

By Andrew Ramage

The biggest issue facing operators when exposing settle plates in high airflow environments, such as laminar airflow cabinest ; class II microbiology safety cabinets and isolators, is the desiccation of the medium during the four-hour exposure time, which is the maximum recommended exposure time.  It is important during exposure that the agar does not shrink from the edge of the petri dish or crack down the middle.  This is to ensure the maximum surface area is constantly exposed to the...

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Microbial Quality of Beer

By Andrew Ramage

 

 

After Andy Whittard’s fun piece about agar in cooking, I thought I would write a more light-hearted blog for a change. I’m going to talk about my real passion in life, beer. I’ve been an active member of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for many years. You may even have seen my ugly mug on a few volunteer’s posters if you’ve been to beer festivals run by CAMRA! As a microbiologist, you’ll be surprised to read that I’m not really into home brewing.  My love of beer comes from tasting the...

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SAS Air Sampler On-site Calibration at Customer Facilities

By Andy Whittard

Delivering a professional service

Cherwell has always strived to offer a professional service, one that understands the needs of our customers.  Easy to say, I hear you cry, but how do you actually demonstrate this.  Whilst in conversation with our service engineers, a few points came to light that show this commitment.

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Culture Media – Back to Basics

By Gill Power

Pharmig's Annual Conference - Culture Media Open Discussion

I would like to share with you an excerpt of an article I wrote for the forthcoming quarterly newsletter from Pharmig. It is about an open discussion session I participated in back at the Pharmig Annual Conference back in November called “Culture Media – Back to Basics”. Chaired by Dr Tim Sandle from BPL, it was an attempt to get some consensus on how microbiological media is handled and used in the pharmaceutical industry. The...

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Food Quality and Safety Summit Blog - part 2 EM

By Gill Power

Environmental Monitoring (EM) and food microbiology

 

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Did You Know … Agar is an Alternative to Gelatine?

By Gill Power

Festive food thoughts

As we approach the festive season, my thoughts like many I’m sure have no doubt turned to enjoying the festivities as well as a welcome break. Preparing the Christmas day feast is a key part and, for all the cooks out there, a little bit stressful. Getting the roast potatoes perfect (duck or goose fat?) and everything onto the table hot and at the same time is a real challenge.

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