Testing at the farm—critical; testing at the processing plant—the law

The New SNAP® Beta-Lactam Test is fast, accurate and simple to perform



Trust the results—SNAP tests have over a 10-year proven track record.

Save time—Quick, accurate results in less than 10 minutes

Know you're in compliance—SNAP tests detect five of the six beta-lactam drugs at or below the FDA required safe/tolerance levels and they're AOAC/FDA-approved for regulated testing.

Dump less milk—The New SNAP Beta-Lactam Test is now less sensitive for cephapirin, so you will experience fewer subviolative positives.

Choose your testing options—Test for beta-lactams, tetracycline, gentamicin and aflatoxin M1.

Open the barn door—With the largest FDA/AOAC-approved temperature range of any test on the market, (45°C ±5°C), you can be confident that SNAP tests produce accurate results, even if you don't have consistent air temperatures.

"If you test, you know your load's good and you don't have to worry."
Joseph, a U.S. farmer


Testing works.
Here's what farmers say about SNAP® testing


Tell us a little about yourself and your farm.

KEVIN: I've been a farmer for about 22 years. I started out at about the age of 12 with one cow and when I got out of high school, I had about 25. Now we're at about 320—and growing.


JOSEPH: I've been farming all my life—for about 36 years. I grew up on a farm. My uncle and my dad had a farm together. Then my dad bought my uncle out and I bought my dad out. We always had 50 cows. Then, when we rebuilt, we went to 200 cows.


Why do you test your bulk tank?

KEVIN: At our farm, we test with SNAP every morning. Why? Economics, I guess, is one way to sum it up. With the technical testing they have in the labs today, we don't like to take the risk of contaminating a tank. We can't afford not to test on the volume of milk we're working with. We just can't afford the risk—the financial penalties and the risks to my reputation are just too high.

As we grow in volume, and we install another tank, testing gets even more important. We're looking at an every-other-day pickup schedule. That throws our risk factor even higher with two days worth of milk in each load. If a problem does sneak by us somewhere, we want to be sure we don't contaminate 48 hours worth of milk.


JOSEPH: If you test, you know your load's good and you don't have to worry. I don't want to buy somebody else's load of milk—it's as simple as that. If I didn't have insurance, and I didn't test, then I would risk having to pay for ruined milk out of my own pocket. That could be a big setback.


What made you start testing?

KEVIN: I had a contaminated load about four years ago, and to this day we don't know what went wrong. We lost the tank and got another 24-hour penalty on top of that, so it ended up being a 48-hour penalty. The milk for the next 24 hours in our tank was fine, but it still had to be dumped. Ever since then, we've been testing. Back then, we just had to pay for our load. Today we'd be responsible for the whole works. These days, I'd say you're looking at somewhere around 50,000 pounds and a $6,000 payment.


JOSEPH: I never used to test. I should have been doing it for years. It just gives you peace of mind. I got caught—not intentionally, of course; no one wants to ship a hot load—this was four or five years ago. And from then on, I've been testing each load. When I built the new building, my veterinarian told me, "You may have employees who may make a mistake. Testing is a good insurance policy."


How has testing changed the way you do business?

KEVIN: Peace of mind. When those loads go down the road, I know I don't need to worry.


JOSEPH: I feel safer about using penicillin. I'm not afraid to use it if I have to. The SNAP test is quick—only ten minutes. And while I'm testing, I'm still doing other things around the barn. It doesn't take any time at all and it's convenient. It's part of my daily routine.


Why did you choose SNAP tests?

KEVIN: The time factor was a big issue. Other tests may be accurate, but they take two-and-a-half to three hours and our window of time doesn't allow for that. We have about an hour between the time the truck gets here and the time we start milking again, so it's a time issue.


JOSEPH: SNAP is quick. It's fast results. That's the whole thing.


Do you find it easy to test with SNAP devices?

KEVIN: It's gotten to be a routine. The first one of us that gets here in the morning grabs a milk sample.


JOSEPH: SNAP is a product you don't really need to question. It's straightforward. The instructions are easy to understand. It's all right there for you, the step-by-step process and what to do and when to do it... I think it's done very well.