Optimizing: Why Do We Need Sampling Education?
The industry’s lack of knowledge, inconsistency and a careless approach to sampling was a wake-up call for Keofitt. Dedicated to nothing but better samples, Keofitt found proper education was long overdue
For decades, the challenges in the area of sanitary sampling have remained a field hidden in the dark and ignored by too many, including regulatory bodies, test labs, hygienic design test institutes, educators and others involved with sanitary process quality control and food safety.
Nevertheless, problems with sanitary sampling are extremely common. Most processors have had experiences with inconsistent and unreliable test results due to cross-contamination - or remained a mystery and inexplicable. Not to mention the many bad samples that are not identified and go unnoticed. In fact, sampling is a quite complex and sensitive area with unreliable samples leading to dangerous and expensive conclusions such as discarding good product or – even worse - releasing bad.
Sampling has travelled a long way from being a simple activity into somewhat of a science
Bouncing off the definition of sampling we intend to go even deeper into what proper sampling should be: hygienic sampling
In order to avoid any misunderstanding, please refer to the definition of terms in the text below
Now, you would probably agree that the concept of sampling sounds quite simple and easy to understand: You extract a small portion from the larger quantity in the process line and use that as a representative reflection to be tested in the lab. Indeed, it does sound easy and perhaps this is the reason why sampling equipment and procedures are so often ignored and – unlike processing or lab equipment – are not submitted to the same attention to detail and regulation. Or maybe it is quite simply because the sampling device really is considered to be a piece of lab equipment that just happens to be installed in the production area. The missing link between process and lab; perhaps we should ask: out of sight, out of mind?
It is safe to say that Keofitt is a dedicated liquid sampling company. Improving sampling is all we ever do and have done for four decades. With around 300,000 sampling valves sold to date we have literally had hundreds of thousands customer meetings with processors from all industries including food, beverage, brewing, pharmaceutical and biotech. We have attended and arranged conferences, trade shows and seminars discussing nothing more than the ways and means to take safe, qualitative and representative samples.
With this many discussions and meetings, we have obviously learned a great deal about the challenges of taking sanitary, sterile and safe process samples and more importantly; how to address them. Building on this experience and our position as market leaders we want to share our know-how with you and everybody interested.
Improving sampling is all we ever do and have done for four decades
With all our experience in mind, we realized someone should go about and educate the relevant industries about the proper, representative sample. This is why we need a Sampling School™ and we are happy to take the responsibility and raise the bar for better samples.
Now that you have realized the need for a Sampling School™ session, contact us to learn more about it and together we can find the perfect sampling procedure for your applications.
How can your sampling procedure be optimized?
If you agree proper education in sampling is long overdue and has your interest been awaken then look no further, The Keofitt Sampling School™ may very well be what you need. Read through this section to see what we offer
Can you handle the truth?
Taking a representative sample is no easy task. Incorrect instructions do not make it easier. Take a look around this section, as well as the website in general, and learn how to sample, and how not to sample