A year after the ban on the use of formaldehyde for the bacteriological control of feeds and raw materials we can tentatively take stock. Companies are still actively looking for products and technical solutions to assure the bacteriological quality of their products. Some concepts offer opportunities, but all, without exception, are less effective and more expensive than treatment with formaldehyde.

Despite all efforts we gradually see an increase in the number of Salmonella-positive samples. A rise in production line contaminations at the start of the production process result in a rise in contaminations at the end user. Of course this offers E.F.S. opportunities, however, we think this is an adverse development as the whole sector benefits from minimising disruption as much as possible. We will hopefully be spared from these kind of emotional decisions from Brussels in the future. Time will tell.

Anyhow, we are looking to the summer “positively”. Working together with fellow firms, looking for new colleagues and actively launching new ideas, illustrate the developments at E.F.S.

Bert van Bremen