Technical Visit

OMIRA, with its two locations in Ravensburg in Upper Swabia and Neuburg on the Donau, processes around 580 million kilograms of milk per year from its milk suppliers. This comes from about 1,400 farms in the regions of Lake Constance, the Black Forest, the Swabian Alb, the Allgäu as well as Vorarlberg, the Bavarian Alps and Franken.

With expertise, modern technology and a great deal of passion for milk, more than 600 employees transform this high-value raw material into high-quality dairy consumer products as well as important intermediate products for the food industry.

OMIRA is a valuable part of the Lactalis Group, the global market leader for dairy products with strong brands like Galbani, Salakis and Président.

The visit to the laboratory will be accompanied by various power speeches. These include:

Presentation of Lactalis Group and Ravensburg plant; Patrick Husmann; Country Quality Director Germany, Lactalis

Grow a better world – Naturally; Christian Bendix Jensen; Commercial Development Director, Test Kits & Equipment; Chr. Hansen A/S

GENE-UP® Automated, Real-time Food Pathogen Detection - PCR solution to ensure product safety in dairy and infant formula production; Nicolas Dorange-Pattoret; Global Key Account Manager, & Britta Nitsch, Marketing Manager Food Central Europe; bioMérieux Germany

Cleaning Validation; Dr. Wolfgang Weber; General Manager and Shareholde; Institut für Produktqualität Berlin

Light refreshments will be provided as well
We look forward to welcoming you to Ravensburg!

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7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Symposium at 26th of April 2022 - Speakers and Topics

Patrick Liebe (BMEL - German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture) will present the new raw milk quality regulation implemented in Germany in 2021 and the consequences for farmers and consumers.

Liebe studied dairy food technology in Hanover, Germany. He worked as a product developer and QA officer before being employed by the German government.

At the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Patrick Liebe is responsible for the modernisation of the national “Rohmilchgüteverordnung”, edits technical questions conceptionally and works on nutritional questions linked to milk products.

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Christian Baumgartner, (former Managing Director Milchprüfring Bayern e.V.), will talk about the practical application of IDF / ISO standards also in connection with German legislation.

Christian BAUMGARTNER, a veterinary doctor by education, is working as author, journalist, and entrepreneur. After holding the position as managing director of Milchprüfring Bayern e.V. (mpr) from 1996 to 2021, his main fields of expertise are connected to dairy production and milk quality.

Baumgartner, as a member in various international working groups, has been dealing with raw milk analysis, especially the detection of antibiotic residues and anchoring routine methods to a safe reference, for more than 20 years. On national level in Germany, he is contributing to research programs aiming to improve the quality and efficiency of dairy production as well as animal health and well-being.

Baumgartner´s entrepreneurship started in 2018 with founding Milchpur Medien GmbH, providing an online information platform for dairy farmers and dairy specialists ( 2021 he launched pureMilk analytical GmbH, offering solutions for labs to simplify fractioning of milk for trace analysis of contaminants and residues.

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Wim Reybroeck’s (ILVO – Belgium Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Research) lecture will deal with the Guidelines for the validation of qualitative screening methods for the detection of residues of veterinary drugs in milk and milk products published by the IDF.

Wim Reybroeck - senior scientist – is lab manager at the Technology & Food Science unit within the Flanders research institute for agriculture, fisheries and food (ILVO) (Flemish Ministry of Agriculture), working at ILVO since 1985.

He is responsible for research concerning the microbiological and immunological detection of antimicrobials in milk, meat, eggs, shrimps and honey, the validation of test kits for the screening for antimicrobial residues & aflatoxin M1 and for quality aspects of honey and raw milk.

At IDF Reybroeck is engaged as member of different standing committees e.g. chairman of group 16 ‘FAQs about veterinary drug residues’ and chairman of group A18 ‘Guidelines for the validation of quantitative screening methods for the detection of Aflatoxin M1 in milk and milk products’.

4:00 - 4:30 pm

How to improve consistency in milk somatic cell counting with Certified Reference Materials (CRM ERM-BD001) will be the subject of Silvia Orlandini’s (AEOS Analytical Equivalence) lecture.

Silvia Orlandini is biologist with a long experience in milk analyses and preparation of reference materials for dairy sector.

For 22 years she was coordinator of Italian Breeder Association Laboratorio Standard Latte (AIA-LSL).

Since 2000 she is a very active members of the ISO/IDF committees.

She was chair of the IDF standing committee Statistic and Automation and project leader to revise several ISO/IDF standards with the organization of the associated interlaboratory studies.

Since 2015 she is Milk Analysis Certification Executive for ICAR (International Committee for Animal recording) and consultant of Milchprüfring Bayern (DE), following the implementation of the ICAR proficiency tests and the improvement of the microscope method to count somatic cell in milk respectively.

4:30 - 5:00 pm

Harrie van den Bijgaart (Qlip) and Karin Kraehenbuehl (Nestlé) will adress details about the IDF work item “Knowledge Platform on Chemical Contaminants and Guidance on Proactive Management of Emerging Risks from Farm through Processing” and share information about in-house experiences in detection and detection strategies for chlorate and perchlorate in milk.

5:00 - 5:30 pm

Dr Karin Kraehenbuehl is currently the Operational Chemical Food Safety Manager for Nestlé Infant Nutrition Business in Vevey, Switzerland.

Previously she was heading the Chemical Contaminants analytical development unit in Nestlé R&D.

She obtained her Ph.D in Organic Chemistry at the University of Lausanne conducted post-doctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego.

She started her professional career in chemical industry. Then she joined Nestlé in 1999 where she held several positions in R&D with focus on Food Process-, Food Flavor-, Food Bioactives Analytics and Quality/Safety.

At IDF Dr Kraehenbuehl chairs SCRCC (Standing Committee for Residues and Chemical Contaminants). She also chaired SCAMAC (Standing Committee for Analitycal methods on Additives and Contaminants 2013/17). Besides this she contributes to CODEX and CEN transversal working groups on food chemical contaminants and chairs the SNE (Specialized Nutrition Europe) working group on food safety. Dr Karin Kraehenbuehl co-authored over 50 peer reviewed scientific publications, book chapters and patents.

Dr Harrie van den Bijgaart studied Food Science and Technology at Wageningen Agricultural University. Since 1987 he has held several management positions with raw milk and dairy product quality assurance in the Netherlands. At present he is working as Manager Innovation & Business Development with Qlip in theNetherlands, a provider of QA services in global dairy chains.

During the years he has been active in the national and international harmonization of methods of analysis and sampling for milk and milk products. He is a past chair of the IDF Methods Standards Steering Group, of ISO/TC 34/SC 5 and of CEN/TC 302, all on methods of analysis and sampling for milk and milk products. Moreover, he is an active member of the IDF Standing Committee on Residues and Chemical Contaminants. In 2018 he was appointed as a Board member in IDF.