Fighting antibiotic residues with new test kit

Fighting antibiotic residues with new test kit
Press ReleaseMar 19. 2014 10:33 GMT

Betastar® 4D helps secure that dairy milk is free from antibiotic residues.

Antibiotic residues in milk for dairy production pose several challenges from ruining the fermentation process to causing allergic reactions and contributing to building antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Chr. Hansen, who offers a complete range of antibiotic test kits to prevent the negative effects and enhance process control in the dairy industry, now launches Betastar® 4D.

Geared for the Russian market
The newest test kit for rapid detection of antibiotic residues in milk is aimed at farmers and dairies in Russia, which is the fifth largest milk producer in the world.

Neighboring countries exporting milk to Russia will also benefit from Betastar® 4D, which carries the official Russian GOST approval (state standard). As such it is officially approved for use in testing for antibiotics according to the maximum levels allowed in milk and dairy products in Russia.

“We are proud to offer a product that promotes safe foods free of contaminants,” says Ole Madsen, Marketing Manager, Tests, Chr. Hansen.

“Betastar® 4D will support our growth in Russia, Belarus and Eastern Europe but also in some Western European countries. Antibiotic residues in milk are a global problem and Betastar® 4D is launched on a global scale with a few exceptions. We know that countries as far as Latin America export milk powders to Russia, so here the new product will be relevant as well,” concludes Ole Madsen.


Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements and even animal feed and plant protection. Our product innovation is based on more than 30,000 microbial strains – we like to refer to them as ‘good bacteria’. Our solutions enable food manufacturers to produce more with less – while also reducing the use of chemicals and other synthetic additives – which make our products highly relevant in today’s world. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 140 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day. Revenue in the 2017/18 financial year was EUR 1,097 million. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.