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...
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.
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 findings from a few of the questions asked are below:
When monitoring areas at rest it is important that the operator setting the samples doesn’t influence the sample result. Placing settle plates and/or setting up active air samplers presents a contamination risk. This could lead to false positives which create a lot of unnecessary investigative work, which is both time consuming and costly.
Despite being a small company, an increasing proportion of our business is in mainland Europe through our Redipor distributors. For many years we have been selling Redipor media to Italy thanks to our relationship with what was PBI (now part of VWR). In recent years we have begun to supply media via distributors in Poland, Slovenia and Denmark amongst others.