The Challenges Farmers Are Facing in Using Pesticides

November 22

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Staying Alert on the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

November 16

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The Vicious Cycle of Malnutrition and Immunosuppression on Animals

November 11

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Phytocine™: Where Traditional Wisdom Meets Modern Technology

November 7

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Insight & News

Appealing Consumers with the Bliss of Healthier Cheese Foam

October 28

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Bahtera Adi Jaya Menelusuri Peluang Industri Akuakultur Indonesia

October 24

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Skin Minimalism: Beauty Industry’s Approach to Sustainability

October 14

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The Silent Killer: Mycotoxicosis in Animals

September 27

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Biosecurity: The Key to a Healthy Farm

September 21

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The Road to Eliminating Harmful Chemicals in Coating and Constructions Industry

September 14

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The Challenges Farmers Are Facing in Using Pesticides

Farmers are always aiming to provide high-quality and safe food for the consumers. However, there are a number of obstacles they face, one of them being pests. To protect their crops from pests, one of the most effective ways is by using pesticides.

Not only protecting crops from pests, the benefits of using pesticide also varied from improving farm productivity on less land, protecting farm from crop loss, controlling vector disease, to maintaining the quality of food. Moreover, there are more than 30,000 plant-eating species that prey on crops. Without the use of pesticides, pests can affect the amount of crops production up to more than half. 

Adding More Pesticides is Not the Answer to the Challenges

However, there are several problems farmers are facing when using pesticides. According to research, agricultural extension services largely influence the amount of pesticides used by farmers. This affects the usage and storage safety of the pesticides. 

Moreover, farmers who took advice from private extension services use more preventive measures. On the contrary, farmers advised by public extension services use more pesticide.

Aside from that, maintaining the effectiveness of the pesticide also proved tricky for farmers. Dissolving pesticides with different purposes wrongly can affect the performance, making absorption difficult for the crops. When this happens, usually farmers use more pesticide, which does not help with the situation. 

Using pesticide adjuvant like Bombastick 860 L that can help to maximize the effectiveness of the pesticide can solve this problem. Bombastick 860 L enhances the dissolving process of the active agents contained by the pesticide, making the the application process easier while ensuring the pesticide to be completely absorbed by the plants down to its tissue with a stabilized performance. As a result, farmers can easily use less pesticide in maintaining the productivity of the crops. 

Contrary to the belief, sustainable farming can be possible if we are willing to utilize the right equipments. Click here to find your solution.

Staying Alert on the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has Indonesia in the international spotlight after its first case discovery last May. Breaking its declaration of being disease-free in 1986, the Foot and Mouth disease has spread in 26 provinces of Indonesia. So far, it has affected 575,123 livestock, in which 10,000 were killed and 12,760 slaughtered. 

Foot and Mouth Disease is a highly contagious disease with 90-100% transmission rate. It affects cloven-hoof livestock, such as cattle, goats, camels, deers, swine, and sheep. The disease causes livestock to develop fever, excessive drool, and got blisters in certain body area. The clinical signs range from mild to severe depending on the livestock type.

The disease generally has a low effect on mortality and not transmittable to humans. However, animals are not the only carrier. The disease can also transmit through meat and dairy products, agricultural products, machinery, and transportation.

How Indonesia Mitigates the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

Even though Foot and Mouth Disease is curable, it often leads to reduced feed intake, weakened animals, and a milk production drop in dairy cows. The animals that have recovered from the disease may also initiate new outbreaks due to the insistent virus. The disease also cause farmers to having trouble exporting non-livestock products and resulting economic losses.

To handle the outbreak, Indonesia may require around 9.9 trillion Indonesian Rupiah per year. The Government of Indonesia initiates an international collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Australia to import 10 thousand doses of vaccines to prevent more livestock from getting infected.

So far, the amount of vaccinated animals has reached more than 5.8 millions livestock, mainly from small-holder farm sector which dominates the cattle industry in Indonesia. Aside from vaccination, the Government of Indonesia implements four more strategies to suppress the disease transmission, including Biosecurity, testing, treatment, and conditional slaughter.

By the end of October, a total of 11 provinces are already free from Foot and Mouth Disease: Lampung, West Sulawesi, Bali, Riau Islands, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Jakarta, Banten, South Sumatra, and Aceh. The Government of Indonesia targeted to be completely disease free by the end of the year.

There is no better time to implement Biosecurity than the time an outbreak has already occured. Click here to find your Biosecurity solution with Bahtera.

The Vicious Cycle of Malnutrition and Immunosuppression on Animals

Of all diseases that might attack farm animals, immunosuppression might just be the most frightening. It can cause infection, which hinders the immune system to function properly. Components that help the body fight diseases are in the immune system, which render animals vulnerable if compromised. 

There are several main causes of immunosuppression: stress, which produces corticosteroids in animal that leads to immunosuppression; virus, caused by apoptosis and necrosis of lymphoid cells, also bacteria and mycotoxins

Aside from that, immunosuppression can also be triggered by poor hygiene and management practices, suboptimal environmental conditions, “over” vaccination, and malnutrition.

Malnutrition in Immunosuppression

One of the most common causes of immunosuppression is malnutrition, either due to the lack of essential nutrients in the diet or insufficient food. Malnutrition and immunosuppression are part of a vicious cycle that can threaten the sustainability of the farm. Unfortunately, both are difficult to detect due to vague symptoms. This includes a generally unhealthy appearance like poor feathering or sunken eyes. 

Animals that suffer from malnutrition have a decreased immune function, so they naturally are more vulnerable to diseases. It affects their growth and production, with either death or intergenerational diseases as the worst-case scenario.

Regardless of the frightening threats, there are ways to prevent immunosuppression on farm animals, such as giving food supplements. Research found that feeding dietary supplements of Vitamin E like Bahtera’s Vitamin E Powder 50% to poultry species revitalizes immune responses against infectious diseases, prevents stress, and maintains fertility function that results in good egg production.

Meanwhile, feeding dietary supplements of Vitamin C like Bahtera’s Vitamin C Coated 97% proved to help cattles to recover from inflammation and heat-related stress. It can also be a fattening agent for cattle, resulting in improved beef firmness and texture.

With the looming threats of diseases, we have to ensure that our livestock gets sufficient nutrients in its diet. Click here to find your solution.

Phytocine™: Where Traditional Wisdom Meets Modern Technology

BASF meluncurkan Phytocine™ – rangkaian bahan aktif baru terinsipirasi dari pengobatan tradisional Cina (TCM) yang menyatukan tradisi dan ilmu kosmetik modern. 

◼ Rangkaian Phytocine™ mengatasi berbagai masalah kulit dan membantu pelanggan mengembangkan produk inovatif yang mendukung hidrasi kulit, anti-penuaan, dan menenangkan. 

◼ Terobosan terbaru dari Care 360° – Solutions for Sustainable Life dari divisi Care Chemicals BASF. 

BASF meluncurkan Phytocine™ yang menandakan generasi baru bahan aktif yang secara ilmiah terinspirasi dari Pengobatan Tradisional Cina (TCM), sebuah kemajuan yang dimungkinkan melalui kombinasi ilmu biologi kulit modern dan tanaman TCM yang tumbuh di Pan-Himalaya wilayah YunNan Cina.

Seri Phytocine™ mengatasi masalah kulit yang dapat diatasi melalui penggunaan TCM. Bahan aktif yang terinspirasi sepenuhnya dari alam dan tanpa menggunakan bahan pengawet ini memiliki manfaat perawatan pribadi kulit yang berkaitan dengan peningkatan hidrasi kulit dan fungsi lapisan pelindung (Phytocine™ AQUA), memerangi tanda-tanda penuaan/oksidasi (Phytocine™ NOVO), serta menenangkan kulit sensitif (Phytocine™ CALM). Dalam penerapannya, BASF menyediakan sarana bagi pelanggan untuk mencapai manfaat di atas dengan memanfaatkan ilmu kulit modern dengan sejarah panjang penggunaan bahan-bahan TCM premium tradisional di bidang perawatan kecantikan. 

TCM mendapatkan popularitas karena persepsi positif konsumen tentang sejarah tradisional Asia yang panjang dan elemen uniknya. “BASF telah mengadaptasi bahan aktif yang terinspirasi dari TCM ini dengan bioteknologi modern, memastikannya memenuhi standar industri kosmetik terbaru, sehingga membuat produk ini tersedia bagi pelanggan dan konsumen kami,” kata Viju Jose, Vice President, Personal Care Solutions, Care Chemicals, BASF Asia Pasifik. 

“Popularitas perawatan pribadi yang terinspirasi TCM modern dikombinasikan dengan ilmu biologi kulit berkembang pesat di Asia. Konsumen mencari solusi perawatan kulit yang aman dan efektif yang mengandung bahan-bahan TCM dengan khasiat tinggi, sebagai alternatif untuk mengatasi masalah kebutuhan kulit mereka termasuk hidrasi, anti-penuaan, pencerah kulit dan menenangkan kulit. Pertumbuhan kuat dalam mengadopsi bahan-bahan TCM ini tidak terbatas di Asia, tetapi dapat dilihat di seluruh pasar kecantikan global. Kami telah melihat peningkatan yang signifikan dalam permintaan produk perawatan kecantikan yang mengandung bahan-bahan ini,” tambah Eunice Jeong, Head of Regional Market Development, Personal Care Solutions, Care Chemicals, BASF Asia Pasifik. Seri Phytocine™ hanyalah salah satu terobosan terbaru tentang bagaimana Divisi Care Chemicals BASF mengatasi tantangan di masa depan. Keberlanjutan, digitalisasi, inovasi, dan pendekatan baru untuk bekerja sama adalah landasan utama untuk Care 360° – Solutions for Sustainable Life.

This content is contributed by BASF.

Appealing Consumers with the Bliss of Healthier Cheese Foam

The culinary world has never ceased to amaze with its unending new innovations. Even during the pandemic, we have gone through many seasonal food and beverages. It began with cheese tea and its mixture of sweet and savory taste with many variations. Then, cake dessert boxes also followed with its mouth-watering fluffiness combined with whipped cream and melted sauce topping. 

Undoubtedly, cafés and restaurants happily adopted these trends while applying their own distinctive style to stand out. With the world’s rising attention toward healthy lifestyles in the middle of a pandemic, offering a healthier choice of those appetizing treats means business.

Making Cheese Foam a Healthier Treat

Made from a mixture of cheese cream and whipped cream, cheese foam has broken the Internet with its appetizing look as a topping of various desserts and beverages. Especially on beverages like cheese tea. The combination of the malty flavor and earthy aroma of tea with the savory cheese foam makes a to-go mood-boosting beverage.

The whipped cream texture used in cheese foam is different from the ones used on cake toppings or blended beverages. Instead of highly firm, the cream should be slightly runny to make it blendable. If the whipped cream is too runny, it would result in an unpresentable beverage. This proves to be difficult when making an industrial scale of cheese foam.

Using BASF’s Lamequick® can be the solution to creating whipped cream with high stability, consistent texture, and heavenly mouthfeel. Customize the dosage of Lamequick® to produce specific volume, yield, and firmness of the whipped cream as preferred.

To make the cheese foam healthier, opt for a low-calorie sweetener. Using stevia as sugar replacer can help create healthier whipped cream without ruining the taste and texture.

In the cutthroat industry of Food and Beverages, innovating and adapting trends without compromising the quality and satisfaction of the consumers should always be a priority. Click here to find your solution.

Bahtera Adi Jaya Menelusuri Peluang Industri Akuakultur Indonesia

Dengan 95.181 km garis pantai yang melintang dan segala kekayaan alamnya, Indonesia memiliki segala potensi untuk menjadi negara maritim terkuat di dunia. Komoditas akuakultur di Indonesia menjadi salah satu unggulan di dunia, di mana Indonesia menjadi salah satu produsen terbanyak dalam pertumbuhan pesatnya sejak tahun 1990.

Meskipun pada tahun 2020 pertumbuhannya sempat mengalami stagnasi karena pandemi, produksi dari industri akuakultur dalam 12 tahun terakhir masih dapat dibilang stabil. Namun, perkembangannya dari tahun ke tahun masih terlalu kecil jika dibandingkan dengan besar potensi yang dimilikinya. Luas lahan perikanan budi daya diperkirakan mencapai 17,91 juta hektare di seluruh Indonesia dengan pemanfaatan lahan yang masih sangat rendah, yaitu 5,35%.

Tahun 2024 mendatang, Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan menargetkan produksi udang nasional sebanyak 2 juta ton per tahun. Salah satu program yang digagaskan pemerintah adalah Kampung Perikanan Budidaya, di mana pembangunan lebih dari 130 tambak yang terintegrasi baik dari segi kelistrikan, fasilitas, infrastruktur yang lengkap. Tambak tersebut akan dipakai untuk membudidayakan udang, lobster, kepiting, hingga rumput laut dan ditargetkan rampung pada akhir tahun 2022. Selain menargetkan peningkatan ekspor, program ini juga diharapkan dapat membantu memulihkan ekonomi, meningkatkan ketahanan pangan nasional, hingga membangun lapangan kerja baru.

Melihat potensi emas ini, manajemen PT Bahtera Adi Jaya (BAJ) tak mau melewatkan kesempatan untuk turut membantu para pelaku industri akuakultur mewujudkan target pemerintah.  Dengan rekam jejak perusahaan yang sudah bergerak di bidang kimia selama belasan tahun, salah satunya pada industri Animal Health and Aquaculture, tanpa ragu Bahtera mengekspresikan keoptimisannya tentang target ini.

“Saat ini Indonesia sudah mampu memproduksi lebih dari 900 ribu ton udang setiap tahunnya. Dengan strategi dan sumber daya yang tepat, kami percaya angka tersebut bisa ditingkatkan hingga dua juta ton per tahun. Makanya, Bahtera ingin memfokuskan lini bisnis kami pada tambak udang lebih dulu,” ujar Agung Purnawan selaku Business Development Manager PT Bahtera Adi Jaya.

Permintaan pasar akan komoditas akuakultur untuk bahan konsumsi pangan terus meningkat setiap tahunnya. Di luar permintaan ekspor, permintaan pasar nasional dapat dibilang cukup tinggi, yaitu mencapai 60 kg per kapita. Hal inilah yang membuat Bahtera menggencarkan riset agar dapat meningkatkan produksi produk siap konsumsi berkualitas tinggi serta memenuhi permintaan pasar nasional dan internasional.

Mewujudkan target tersebut tentunya tidak akan menjadi hal yang mudah. Terdapat beberapa faktor penting yang perlu diperhatikan, mulai dari lingkungan, infrastruktur hingga sumber daya yang memadai. Manajemen Bahtera optimis bahwa industri akuakultur bisa berkelanjutan di Indonesia, “Karena panjang pantai yang Indonesia punya itu lebih dari cukup untuk menyokong program Kampung Perikanan Budidaya ini, apa lagi jika dibantu dengan pasokan infrastruktur listrik serta sumber daya manusia di sekitar tepian pantai yang juga banyak,” kata Agung.

Sebagai salah satu penggagas terjunnya Bahtera ke industri akuakultur, Agung mengidentifikasi permasalahan besar yang membuat kesulitan para pelaku industrinya. “Industri akuakultur ini memanfaatkan air sebagai lahannya, yang mana tidak mungkin selalu bersih. Selalu banyak ancaman dari luar yang bisa mengkontaminasi, mulai dari kotoran udang, pakan masuk, lingkungan, kondisi tambak yang tidak higienis, bahkan dari pekerja tambaknya sendiri. Makanya, hal yang paling penting adalah bagaimana untuk menjaga kualitas air tetap baik ,” papar Agung.

Berangkat dari permasalahan tersebut, manajemen Bahtera pun mengumumkan partisipasinya dalam industri akuakultur pada sebuah konferensi yang diadakan di Bali Juni 2022 lalu. Di depan peserta konferensi, Bahtera mengenalkan lini produk yang tersedia kepada calon pelanggannya. Sebagai perusahaan kimia terdepan di bidangnya, tentunya BAJ mengeluarkan lini produk yang dinilai sangat penting untuk keberlanjutan tambak, yaitu biosekuriti.

Biosekuriti sendiri merupakan rangkaian proses, tindakan, dan produk  yang berguna untuk mencegah terkontaminasinya tambak oleh penyakit berisiko tinggi yang muncul dari kualitas air, kontaminasi kotoran eksternal, kualitas pangan komoditas hingga konstruksi tambak yang kurang baik. Sistem pembuangan limbah kotoran udang juga masih menjadi kekhawatiran utama bagi industri karena dapat mengancam sulitnya mencari sumber air dengan kualitas yang baik untuk tambak di masa mendatang.

Ada beberapa lini produk biosekuriti yang ditawarkan oleh Bahtera, mulai dari desinfektan berbasis klorin untuk menjaga air tambak dari bakteri dan berbasis peroksida serta amonium kuarterner sebagai pembunuh virus. Fungsi utama produk yang ditawarkan Bahtera memang tidak ditujukan untuk digunakan pada tubuh udang, melainkan menjaga kualitas air tambak agar udang bisa bertumbuh kembang dengan baik. Tak terbatas sampai situ, produk tersebut juga dapat digunakan untuk mendesinfeksi pekerja tambak yang merupakan bagian terpenting dari biosekuriti itu sendiri.

“Budi daya udang itu memang cukup sulit, karena udang tidak bisa diberikan obat secara langsung, berbeda dengan ayam yang bisa divaksinasi. Karena risiko budi dayanya yang tinggi, makanya menggunakan produk-produk seperti desinfektan, vitamin, serta probiotik itu jangan dikompromi,” Agung menjelaskan.

Permasalahan yang dihadapi oleh industri akuakultur di Indonesia tak berhenti di situ. Dari tiga jenis tambak yang berbeda tingkat kecanggihan teknologinya, tambak di Indonesia masih didominasi tambak tradisional yang dimiliki oleh individu dan segala proses produksinya manual tanpa menggunakan alat. “Challenge terbesar industri akuakultur di Indonesia adalah masih banyaknya tambak tradisional, di mana produktivitas dan key performance indicator-nya sulit untuk diukur dan tergolong rendah,” ucap Agung.

Saat ini, lini bisnis akuakultur Bahtera sedang mengerahkan fokusnya untuk mengoptimasi daerah Indonesia Timur. Kualitas air dan potensi produksi akuakulturnya menjadi alasan fokus tersebut. Bahtera yakin, dengan menginvestasikan waktu dan sumber daya manusianya untuk melakukan riset lebih dalam mengenai pain point dari industri, Bahtera bisa menjadi one stop solution bahan kimia yang dibutuhkan industri.

Agung juga menceritakan harapan Bahtera ke depannya, “Bahtera berharap bisa menjadi solusi biosekuriti untuk industri akuakultur dengan menyediakan produk kimia yang aman demi berkelanjutannya industri ini hingga tercapai Indonesia sebagai pemimpin industri akuakultur di dunia.”

Skin Minimalism: Beauty Industry’s Approach to Sustainability

For so long, consumers are led to believe that using more skincare products will eventually result in flawless-looking skin. The popular 12-step skincare routine puts the belief into the spotlight along with the phrase ‘beauty is pain’.

The last few years, a new trend is gradually replacing the arduous, time-consuming popular skincare routine. The ‘less is more’ approach is now applicable to the beauty industry with Skin Minimalism or Skinimalism.

As the name indicates, Skin Minimalism refers to cutting down the use of products and creating a tailored skincare routine. It embraces the art of going back to the essentials instead of layering products that risks sensitizing skin, breakouts, or inflammation in the long run.

There is also a branch of Skin Minimalism that consumers are putting into consideration, which is microdosing. It is the application of low concentration, common active ingredients such as chemical exfoliants and retinol. 

How Skin Minimalism Promotes Sustainability in Beauty Industry

By applying Skin Minimalism, consumers are not only saving cost, but also saving the environment. Globally, the Personal Care and Beauty Industry produces more than 120 billion packagings every year. This concept can cut back the usage of many multi-layered boxes, cellophane, and complex lids that are unrecyclable and will end up in the oceans and landfills.

Moreover, the packaging is not the only thing that is becoming a concern. Using beauty products that contain microplastics can end up in the water and potentially harm animals and plants. Therefore, stripping back the number of unnecessary products used every day means less product consumption and less waste.

According to Bahtera’s beauty experts, there are five basic concepts of skin care that are important to bear in mind: Basic, which is applicable to every skin type and involves hydrating, moisturizing, calming, and maintaining the skin barrier. Repair, where there is a need to improve and heal skin conditions that suffer from problems such as acne, eczema, and sensitive skin. Intensify, giving intensive care to maintain young and healthy skin. Recharge, elevating skin condition to brighter, healthier, and younger skin. Lastly, Boost, which includes adding highly concentrated actives to the existing skincare.

Knowing what consumers want and need without compromising sustainability are things that should become a priority for Beauty Manufacturers. Get more insights from our beauty experts regarding Skin Minimalism and other beauty trends in the industry on Indonesia Cosmetic Ingredients (ICI) 2022, which will be held on 25-27 October 2022 at Jakarta International Expo. The expo will feature 26 presentation sessions and 374 booths from Indonesia and all over the world. 

The Silent Killer: Mycotoxicosis in Animals

The natural state of the body’s immune system is the ability to fight diseases. When the immune system is failing to function properly, the body is prone to be more vulnerable to disease agents. It may also be an alarm that the body is in danger of undergoing Immunosuppression.

Immunosuppressive agents can damage the immune system by reducing its responsiveness to all foreign antigens. Not only humans, but Immunosuppression can also strike livestock in poultry, cattle, and aquaculture. Malnutrition, stress, bacteria, virus, and most importantly exposure to mycotoxins is what may cause immunosuppression in animals. 

How Mycotoxins Endanger Animal Health and Food Security

Not only Mycotoxins is dangerous to animal and human health, but they can also impact food security by reducing access to healthy food. The Food and Drug Organization (FAO) reported that at least 25% of the world’s food crops are contaminated with Mycotoxins.

Ingesting foods containing Mycotoxins can lead to Mycotoxicosis. The effect may vary depending on the number of toxins consumed, exposure period, and the age of the infected animals. Mycotoxicosis is chronic as a result of a small amount of toxin consumption over a long period of time, making it a silent killer for unsuspected animals. Especially since the diagnosis of the disease itself is quite difficult due to its unspecific clinical signs.

Monogastric and younger animals are generally more sensitive to Mycotoxins. Mycotoxicosis can reduce appetite, slow growth, damage the liver, decrease reproductive performance, and other health deteriorations. Even though it is not transmissible from one animal to the other, Mycotoxicosis outbreak is often seasonal due to the fungal growth and toxin production in particular climatic sequences.

There are several things that could be done to prevent and control Mycotoxins in livestock: routinely cleaning and refilling feeders with fresh food to prevent the growth of mold, discarding potentially contaminated products, and ensuring foods are properly stored.

Aside from that, using toxin binders such as Attapulgite and Bentonite can help you in maintaining the hygiene of the foods. The naturally-mined clay can help to absorb toxins, Mycotoxin included, with great uniformity, high heat stability, pH resistance, and efficacy.

The only way to have a guaranteed high-quality product is by keeping the livestock in its best shape possible. Click here to find your solution.

Biosecurity: The Key to a Healthy Farm

Maintaining a healthy environment in the Farm and Agriculture Industry is far from simple. Unsanitary practices of animal farming can lead to disease outbreaks and food contamination from fungi, bacteria, viruses, ectoparasites, and endoparasites.

To prevent such risks, farms need to maintain good Biosecurity conditions. It is an integral concept that encompasses policy and regulation in protecting agriculture, food, and the environment.

How the World’s View towards Biosecurity Evolves

The last couple of years of the pandemic outbreak has awakened the world’s awareness of the importance of Biosecurity. Especially with the latest Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak that strikes cattle in 23 provinces in Indonesia. Indonesia reported a US$1.37 billion loss in 2022 from this disease.

In stemming the spread of this disease, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency started regulating the traffic of animals at risk of contamination, containing Biosecurity as one of the requirements.

There are 3 main stages in implementing Biosecurity: Isolation, Traffic Control, and Sanitation. Aside from that, separating the farm areas using 3-Zone Biosecurity is also needed. Red Zone covers all areas outside the farm with a high risk of contamination, including humans and anything they brought. Yellow Zone is the transition zone that serves as a buffer from the high-risk zone to the production zone. While the Green Zone is the clean area where production happens. Only authorized personnel can enter this zone, they also must sanitize tools they need to use while being in this are. 

Ideally, there is a need to practice Biosecurity at all times. During a disease outbreak, it can serve both as a prevention and reduction of the disease spread.

Though having a Biosecurity management plan still remains voluntary, having one will significantly improve animal health, which results in the best product quality.

The Road to Eliminating Harmful Chemicals in Coating and Constructions Industry

Many industries have been using APEO or alkylphenol ethoxylates as surfactants in their products for more than 50 years. It includes textiles, pulp and paper manufacturing, household, paint and coating manufacturing, and many more. APEOs are versatile and cost-effective due to their wide variety of applications.

However, several studies in the last two decades pointed to the harmful impacts APEO posed to wildlife, water, and human. With the majority of usage in aqueous solutions, APEOs are discharged into industrial wastewater and water sewage. Therefore, humans are exposed to the risk of contaminated waters and food, ingestion of pesticide sprays, and absorption through the skin from sanitary products.

In regard to these studies, a few regions have created regulations to limit the use of APEOs in industrial products. Some major regions even completely eliminated them from the emulsion raw material bases, including coating resins and latex dispersing agents. These regulations urge manufacturers to develop formulations to substitute APEOs as surfactants.

Coating and Construction Industry’s Response to the APEO-free Regulations

As a manufacturer, complying with the regulations is just as important as protecting consumers. Especially with the increased demand for green-label products, which in the Coating and Constructions Industry means that the products do not contain APEO, Formaldehyde, Chlorine, and are low in VOC.

It is a big challenge for manufacturers to substitute APEOs, as surfactants played an important part in binding two elements in a uniform mixture. This is especially true in producing a can of latex paint, which is near impossible without the existence of surfactants. Hence, it is necessary to replace APEOs with formulations that can give the same result.

Using non-ionic wetting and dispersing agent like DISPEX®️ Ultra FA 4480 can be an alternative to using APEOs. The excellent pigment-wetting properties of DISPEX®️ Ultra FA 4480 improve gloss and color intensity for aqueous pigment pastes. It is also perfect for water-based alkyds, polyester resins, and aqueous polyurethane emulsions.

It is important for manufacturers to comply with the regulations and protect consumers from harmful chemicals. Even though there are no regulations yet on the use of APEOs as surfactants in Indonesia, many manufacturers are shifting into producing APEO-free products. 

Click here to find your Coating and Constructions product solutions with Bahtera.

The Challenges Farmers Are Facing in Using Pesticides

Farmers are always aiming to provide high-quality and safe food for the consumers. However, there are a number of obstacles they face, one of them being pests. To protect their crops from pests, one of the most effective ways is by using pesticides.

Not only protecting crops from pests, the benefits of using pesticide also varied from improving farm productivity on less land, protecting farm from crop loss, controlling vector disease, to maintaining the quality of food. Moreover, there are more than 30,000 plant-eating species that prey on crops. Without the use of pesticides, pests can affect the amount of crops production up to more than half. 

Adding More Pesticides is Not the Answer to the Challenges

However, there are several problems farmers are facing when using pesticides. According to research, agricultural extension services largely influence the amount of pesticides used by farmers. This affects the usage and storage safety of the pesticides. 

Moreover, farmers who took advice from private extension services use more preventive measures. On the contrary, farmers advised by public extension services use more pesticide.

Aside from that, maintaining the effectiveness of the pesticide also proved tricky for farmers. Dissolving pesticides with different purposes wrongly can affect the performance, making absorption difficult for the crops. When this happens, usually farmers use more pesticide, which does not help with the situation. 

Using pesticide adjuvant like Bombastick 860 L that can help to maximize the effectiveness of the pesticide can solve this problem. Bombastick 860 L enhances the dissolving process of the active agents contained by the pesticide, making the the application process easier while ensuring the pesticide to be completely absorbed by the plants down to its tissue with a stabilized performance. As a result, farmers can easily use less pesticide in maintaining the productivity of the crops. 

Contrary to the belief, sustainable farming can be possible if we are willing to utilize the right equipments. Click here to find your solution.

Staying Alert on the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has Indonesia in the international spotlight after its first case discovery last May. Breaking its declaration of being disease-free in 1986, the Foot and Mouth disease has spread in 26 provinces of Indonesia. So far, it has affected 575,123 livestock, in which 10,000 were killed and 12,760 slaughtered. 

Foot and Mouth Disease is a highly contagious disease with 90-100% transmission rate. It affects cloven-hoof livestock, such as cattle, goats, camels, deers, swine, and sheep. The disease causes livestock to develop fever, excessive drool, and got blisters in certain body area. The clinical signs range from mild to severe depending on the livestock type.

The disease generally has a low effect on mortality and not transmittable to humans. However, animals are not the only carrier. The disease can also transmit through meat and dairy products, agricultural products, machinery, and transportation.

How Indonesia Mitigates the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

Even though Foot and Mouth Disease is curable, it often leads to reduced feed intake, weakened animals, and a milk production drop in dairy cows. The animals that have recovered from the disease may also initiate new outbreaks due to the insistent virus. The disease also cause farmers to having trouble exporting non-livestock products and resulting economic losses.

To handle the outbreak, Indonesia may require around 9.9 trillion Indonesian Rupiah per year. The Government of Indonesia initiates an international collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Australia to import 10 thousand doses of vaccines to prevent more livestock from getting infected.

So far, the amount of vaccinated animals has reached more than 5.8 millions livestock, mainly from small-holder farm sector which dominates the cattle industry in Indonesia. Aside from vaccination, the Government of Indonesia implements four more strategies to suppress the disease transmission, including Biosecurity, testing, treatment, and conditional slaughter.

By the end of October, a total of 11 provinces are already free from Foot and Mouth Disease: Lampung, West Sulawesi, Bali, Riau Islands, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Jakarta, Banten, South Sumatra, and Aceh. The Government of Indonesia targeted to be completely disease free by the end of the year.

There is no better time to implement Biosecurity than the time an outbreak has already occured. Click here to find your Biosecurity solution with Bahtera.

The Vicious Cycle of Malnutrition and Immunosuppression on Animals

Of all diseases that might attack farm animals, immunosuppression might just be the most frightening. It can cause infection, which hinders the immune system to function properly. Components that help the body fight diseases are in the immune system, which render animals vulnerable if compromised. 

There are several main causes of immunosuppression: stress, which produces corticosteroids in animal that leads to immunosuppression; virus, caused by apoptosis and necrosis of lymphoid cells, also bacteria and mycotoxins

Aside from that, immunosuppression can also be triggered by poor hygiene and management practices, suboptimal environmental conditions, “over” vaccination, and malnutrition.

Malnutrition in Immunosuppression

One of the most common causes of immunosuppression is malnutrition, either due to the lack of essential nutrients in the diet or insufficient food. Malnutrition and immunosuppression are part of a vicious cycle that can threaten the sustainability of the farm. Unfortunately, both are difficult to detect due to vague symptoms. This includes a generally unhealthy appearance like poor feathering or sunken eyes. 

Animals that suffer from malnutrition have a decreased immune function, so they naturally are more vulnerable to diseases. It affects their growth and production, with either death or intergenerational diseases as the worst-case scenario.

Regardless of the frightening threats, there are ways to prevent immunosuppression on farm animals, such as giving food supplements. Research found that feeding dietary supplements of Vitamin E like Bahtera’s Vitamin E Powder 50% to poultry species revitalizes immune responses against infectious diseases, prevents stress, and maintains fertility function that results in good egg production.

Meanwhile, feeding dietary supplements of Vitamin C like Bahtera’s Vitamin C Coated 97% proved to help cattles to recover from inflammation and heat-related stress. It can also be a fattening agent for cattle, resulting in improved beef firmness and texture.

With the looming threats of diseases, we have to ensure that our livestock gets sufficient nutrients in its diet. Click here to find your solution.

Phytocine™: Where Traditional Wisdom Meets Modern Technology

BASF meluncurkan Phytocine™ – rangkaian bahan aktif baru terinsipirasi dari pengobatan tradisional Cina (TCM) yang menyatukan tradisi dan ilmu kosmetik modern. 

◼ Rangkaian Phytocine™ mengatasi berbagai masalah kulit dan membantu pelanggan mengembangkan produk inovatif yang mendukung hidrasi kulit, anti-penuaan, dan menenangkan. 

◼ Terobosan terbaru dari Care 360° – Solutions for Sustainable Life dari divisi Care Chemicals BASF. 

BASF meluncurkan Phytocine™ yang menandakan generasi baru bahan aktif yang secara ilmiah terinspirasi dari Pengobatan Tradisional Cina (TCM), sebuah kemajuan yang dimungkinkan melalui kombinasi ilmu biologi kulit modern dan tanaman TCM yang tumbuh di Pan-Himalaya wilayah YunNan Cina.

Seri Phytocine™ mengatasi masalah kulit yang dapat diatasi melalui penggunaan TCM. Bahan aktif yang terinspirasi sepenuhnya dari alam dan tanpa menggunakan bahan pengawet ini memiliki manfaat perawatan pribadi kulit yang berkaitan dengan peningkatan hidrasi kulit dan fungsi lapisan pelindung (Phytocine™ AQUA), memerangi tanda-tanda penuaan/oksidasi (Phytocine™ NOVO), serta menenangkan kulit sensitif (Phytocine™ CALM). Dalam penerapannya, BASF menyediakan sarana bagi pelanggan untuk mencapai manfaat di atas dengan memanfaatkan ilmu kulit modern dengan sejarah panjang penggunaan bahan-bahan TCM premium tradisional di bidang perawatan kecantikan. 

TCM mendapatkan popularitas karena persepsi positif konsumen tentang sejarah tradisional Asia yang panjang dan elemen uniknya. “BASF telah mengadaptasi bahan aktif yang terinspirasi dari TCM ini dengan bioteknologi modern, memastikannya memenuhi standar industri kosmetik terbaru, sehingga membuat produk ini tersedia bagi pelanggan dan konsumen kami,” kata Viju Jose, Vice President, Personal Care Solutions, Care Chemicals, BASF Asia Pasifik. 

“Popularitas perawatan pribadi yang terinspirasi TCM modern dikombinasikan dengan ilmu biologi kulit berkembang pesat di Asia. Konsumen mencari solusi perawatan kulit yang aman dan efektif yang mengandung bahan-bahan TCM dengan khasiat tinggi, sebagai alternatif untuk mengatasi masalah kebutuhan kulit mereka termasuk hidrasi, anti-penuaan, pencerah kulit dan menenangkan kulit. Pertumbuhan kuat dalam mengadopsi bahan-bahan TCM ini tidak terbatas di Asia, tetapi dapat dilihat di seluruh pasar kecantikan global. Kami telah melihat peningkatan yang signifikan dalam permintaan produk perawatan kecantikan yang mengandung bahan-bahan ini,” tambah Eunice Jeong, Head of Regional Market Development, Personal Care Solutions, Care Chemicals, BASF Asia Pasifik. Seri Phytocine™ hanyalah salah satu terobosan terbaru tentang bagaimana Divisi Care Chemicals BASF mengatasi tantangan di masa depan. Keberlanjutan, digitalisasi, inovasi, dan pendekatan baru untuk bekerja sama adalah landasan utama untuk Care 360° – Solutions for Sustainable Life.

This content is contributed by BASF.

Appealing Consumers with the Bliss of Healthier Cheese Foam

The culinary world has never ceased to amaze with its unending new innovations. Even during the pandemic, we have gone through many seasonal food and beverages. It began with cheese tea and its mixture of sweet and savory taste with many variations. Then, cake dessert boxes also followed with its mouth-watering fluffiness combined with whipped cream and melted sauce topping. 

Undoubtedly, cafés and restaurants happily adopted these trends while applying their own distinctive style to stand out. With the world’s rising attention toward healthy lifestyles in the middle of a pandemic, offering a healthier choice of those appetizing treats means business.

Making Cheese Foam a Healthier Treat

Made from a mixture of cheese cream and whipped cream, cheese foam has broken the Internet with its appetizing look as a topping of various desserts and beverages. Especially on beverages like cheese tea. The combination of the malty flavor and earthy aroma of tea with the savory cheese foam makes a to-go mood-boosting beverage.

The whipped cream texture used in cheese foam is different from the ones used on cake toppings or blended beverages. Instead of highly firm, the cream should be slightly runny to make it blendable. If the whipped cream is too runny, it would result in an unpresentable beverage. This proves to be difficult when making an industrial scale of cheese foam.

Using BASF’s Lamequick® can be the solution to creating whipped cream with high stability, consistent texture, and heavenly mouthfeel. Customize the dosage of Lamequick® to produce specific volume, yield, and firmness of the whipped cream as preferred.

To make the cheese foam healthier, opt for a low-calorie sweetener. Using stevia as sugar replacer can help create healthier whipped cream without ruining the taste and texture.

In the cutthroat industry of Food and Beverages, innovating and adapting trends without compromising the quality and satisfaction of the consumers should always be a priority. Click here to find your solution.

Bahtera Adi Jaya Menelusuri Peluang Industri Akuakultur Indonesia

Dengan 95.181 km garis pantai yang melintang dan segala kekayaan alamnya, Indonesia memiliki segala potensi untuk menjadi negara maritim terkuat di dunia. Komoditas akuakultur di Indonesia menjadi salah satu unggulan di dunia, di mana Indonesia menjadi salah satu produsen terbanyak dalam pertumbuhan pesatnya sejak tahun 1990.

Meskipun pada tahun 2020 pertumbuhannya sempat mengalami stagnasi karena pandemi, produksi dari industri akuakultur dalam 12 tahun terakhir masih dapat dibilang stabil. Namun, perkembangannya dari tahun ke tahun masih terlalu kecil jika dibandingkan dengan besar potensi yang dimilikinya. Luas lahan perikanan budi daya diperkirakan mencapai 17,91 juta hektare di seluruh Indonesia dengan pemanfaatan lahan yang masih sangat rendah, yaitu 5,35%.

Tahun 2024 mendatang, Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan menargetkan produksi udang nasional sebanyak 2 juta ton per tahun. Salah satu program yang digagaskan pemerintah adalah Kampung Perikanan Budidaya, di mana pembangunan lebih dari 130 tambak yang terintegrasi baik dari segi kelistrikan, fasilitas, infrastruktur yang lengkap. Tambak tersebut akan dipakai untuk membudidayakan udang, lobster, kepiting, hingga rumput laut dan ditargetkan rampung pada akhir tahun 2022. Selain menargetkan peningkatan ekspor, program ini juga diharapkan dapat membantu memulihkan ekonomi, meningkatkan ketahanan pangan nasional, hingga membangun lapangan kerja baru.

Melihat potensi emas ini, manajemen PT Bahtera Adi Jaya (BAJ) tak mau melewatkan kesempatan untuk turut membantu para pelaku industri akuakultur mewujudkan target pemerintah.  Dengan rekam jejak perusahaan yang sudah bergerak di bidang kimia selama belasan tahun, salah satunya pada industri Animal Health and Aquaculture, tanpa ragu Bahtera mengekspresikan keoptimisannya tentang target ini.

“Saat ini Indonesia sudah mampu memproduksi lebih dari 900 ribu ton udang setiap tahunnya. Dengan strategi dan sumber daya yang tepat, kami percaya angka tersebut bisa ditingkatkan hingga dua juta ton per tahun. Makanya, Bahtera ingin memfokuskan lini bisnis kami pada tambak udang lebih dulu,” ujar Agung Purnawan selaku Business Development Manager PT Bahtera Adi Jaya.

Permintaan pasar akan komoditas akuakultur untuk bahan konsumsi pangan terus meningkat setiap tahunnya. Di luar permintaan ekspor, permintaan pasar nasional dapat dibilang cukup tinggi, yaitu mencapai 60 kg per kapita. Hal inilah yang membuat Bahtera menggencarkan riset agar dapat meningkatkan produksi produk siap konsumsi berkualitas tinggi serta memenuhi permintaan pasar nasional dan internasional.

Mewujudkan target tersebut tentunya tidak akan menjadi hal yang mudah. Terdapat beberapa faktor penting yang perlu diperhatikan, mulai dari lingkungan, infrastruktur hingga sumber daya yang memadai. Manajemen Bahtera optimis bahwa industri akuakultur bisa berkelanjutan di Indonesia, “Karena panjang pantai yang Indonesia punya itu lebih dari cukup untuk menyokong program Kampung Perikanan Budidaya ini, apa lagi jika dibantu dengan pasokan infrastruktur listrik serta sumber daya manusia di sekitar tepian pantai yang juga banyak,” kata Agung.

Sebagai salah satu penggagas terjunnya Bahtera ke industri akuakultur, Agung mengidentifikasi permasalahan besar yang membuat kesulitan para pelaku industrinya. “Industri akuakultur ini memanfaatkan air sebagai lahannya, yang mana tidak mungkin selalu bersih. Selalu banyak ancaman dari luar yang bisa mengkontaminasi, mulai dari kotoran udang, pakan masuk, lingkungan, kondisi tambak yang tidak higienis, bahkan dari pekerja tambaknya sendiri. Makanya, hal yang paling penting adalah bagaimana untuk menjaga kualitas air tetap baik ,” papar Agung.

Berangkat dari permasalahan tersebut, manajemen Bahtera pun mengumumkan partisipasinya dalam industri akuakultur pada sebuah konferensi yang diadakan di Bali Juni 2022 lalu. Di depan peserta konferensi, Bahtera mengenalkan lini produk yang tersedia kepada calon pelanggannya. Sebagai perusahaan kimia terdepan di bidangnya, tentunya BAJ mengeluarkan lini produk yang dinilai sangat penting untuk keberlanjutan tambak, yaitu biosekuriti.

Biosekuriti sendiri merupakan rangkaian proses, tindakan, dan produk  yang berguna untuk mencegah terkontaminasinya tambak oleh penyakit berisiko tinggi yang muncul dari kualitas air, kontaminasi kotoran eksternal, kualitas pangan komoditas hingga konstruksi tambak yang kurang baik. Sistem pembuangan limbah kotoran udang juga masih menjadi kekhawatiran utama bagi industri karena dapat mengancam sulitnya mencari sumber air dengan kualitas yang baik untuk tambak di masa mendatang.

Ada beberapa lini produk biosekuriti yang ditawarkan oleh Bahtera, mulai dari desinfektan berbasis klorin untuk menjaga air tambak dari bakteri dan berbasis peroksida serta amonium kuarterner sebagai pembunuh virus. Fungsi utama produk yang ditawarkan Bahtera memang tidak ditujukan untuk digunakan pada tubuh udang, melainkan menjaga kualitas air tambak agar udang bisa bertumbuh kembang dengan baik. Tak terbatas sampai situ, produk tersebut juga dapat digunakan untuk mendesinfeksi pekerja tambak yang merupakan bagian terpenting dari biosekuriti itu sendiri.

“Budi daya udang itu memang cukup sulit, karena udang tidak bisa diberikan obat secara langsung, berbeda dengan ayam yang bisa divaksinasi. Karena risiko budi dayanya yang tinggi, makanya menggunakan produk-produk seperti desinfektan, vitamin, serta probiotik itu jangan dikompromi,” Agung menjelaskan.

Permasalahan yang dihadapi oleh industri akuakultur di Indonesia tak berhenti di situ. Dari tiga jenis tambak yang berbeda tingkat kecanggihan teknologinya, tambak di Indonesia masih didominasi tambak tradisional yang dimiliki oleh individu dan segala proses produksinya manual tanpa menggunakan alat. “Challenge terbesar industri akuakultur di Indonesia adalah masih banyaknya tambak tradisional, di mana produktivitas dan key performance indicator-nya sulit untuk diukur dan tergolong rendah,” ucap Agung.

Saat ini, lini bisnis akuakultur Bahtera sedang mengerahkan fokusnya untuk mengoptimasi daerah Indonesia Timur. Kualitas air dan potensi produksi akuakulturnya menjadi alasan fokus tersebut. Bahtera yakin, dengan menginvestasikan waktu dan sumber daya manusianya untuk melakukan riset lebih dalam mengenai pain point dari industri, Bahtera bisa menjadi one stop solution bahan kimia yang dibutuhkan industri.

Agung juga menceritakan harapan Bahtera ke depannya, “Bahtera berharap bisa menjadi solusi biosekuriti untuk industri akuakultur dengan menyediakan produk kimia yang aman demi berkelanjutannya industri ini hingga tercapai Indonesia sebagai pemimpin industri akuakultur di dunia.”

Skin Minimalism: Beauty Industry’s Approach to Sustainability

For so long, consumers are led to believe that using more skincare products will eventually result in flawless-looking skin. The popular 12-step skincare routine puts the belief into the spotlight along with the phrase ‘beauty is pain’.

The last few years, a new trend is gradually replacing the arduous, time-consuming popular skincare routine. The ‘less is more’ approach is now applicable to the beauty industry with Skin Minimalism or Skinimalism.

As the name indicates, Skin Minimalism refers to cutting down the use of products and creating a tailored skincare routine. It embraces the art of going back to the essentials instead of layering products that risks sensitizing skin, breakouts, or inflammation in the long run.

There is also a branch of Skin Minimalism that consumers are putting into consideration, which is microdosing. It is the application of low concentration, common active ingredients such as chemical exfoliants and retinol. 

How Skin Minimalism Promotes Sustainability in Beauty Industry

By applying Skin Minimalism, consumers are not only saving cost, but also saving the environment. Globally, the Personal Care and Beauty Industry produces more than 120 billion packagings every year. This concept can cut back the usage of many multi-layered boxes, cellophane, and complex lids that are unrecyclable and will end up in the oceans and landfills.

Moreover, the packaging is not the only thing that is becoming a concern. Using beauty products that contain microplastics can end up in the water and potentially harm animals and plants. Therefore, stripping back the number of unnecessary products used every day means less product consumption and less waste.

According to Bahtera’s beauty experts, there are five basic concepts of skin care that are important to bear in mind: Basic, which is applicable to every skin type and involves hydrating, moisturizing, calming, and maintaining the skin barrier. Repair, where there is a need to improve and heal skin conditions that suffer from problems such as acne, eczema, and sensitive skin. Intensify, giving intensive care to maintain young and healthy skin. Recharge, elevating skin condition to brighter, healthier, and younger skin. Lastly, Boost, which includes adding highly concentrated actives to the existing skincare.

Knowing what consumers want and need without compromising sustainability are things that should become a priority for Beauty Manufacturers. Get more insights from our beauty experts regarding Skin Minimalism and other beauty trends in the industry on Indonesia Cosmetic Ingredients (ICI) 2022, which will be held on 25-27 October 2022 at Jakarta International Expo. The expo will feature 26 presentation sessions and 374 booths from Indonesia and all over the world. 

The Silent Killer: Mycotoxicosis in Animals

The natural state of the body’s immune system is the ability to fight diseases. When the immune system is failing to function properly, the body is prone to be more vulnerable to disease agents. It may also be an alarm that the body is in danger of undergoing Immunosuppression.

Immunosuppressive agents can damage the immune system by reducing its responsiveness to all foreign antigens. Not only humans, but Immunosuppression can also strike livestock in poultry, cattle, and aquaculture. Malnutrition, stress, bacteria, virus, and most importantly exposure to mycotoxins is what may cause immunosuppression in animals. 

How Mycotoxins Endanger Animal Health and Food Security

Not only Mycotoxins is dangerous to animal and human health, but they can also impact food security by reducing access to healthy food. The Food and Drug Organization (FAO) reported that at least 25% of the world’s food crops are contaminated with Mycotoxins.

Ingesting foods containing Mycotoxins can lead to Mycotoxicosis. The effect may vary depending on the number of toxins consumed, exposure period, and the age of the infected animals. Mycotoxicosis is chronic as a result of a small amount of toxin consumption over a long period of time, making it a silent killer for unsuspected animals. Especially since the diagnosis of the disease itself is quite difficult due to its unspecific clinical signs.

Monogastric and younger animals are generally more sensitive to Mycotoxins. Mycotoxicosis can reduce appetite, slow growth, damage the liver, decrease reproductive performance, and other health deteriorations. Even though it is not transmissible from one animal to the other, Mycotoxicosis outbreak is often seasonal due to the fungal growth and toxin production in particular climatic sequences.

There are several things that could be done to prevent and control Mycotoxins in livestock: routinely cleaning and refilling feeders with fresh food to prevent the growth of mold, discarding potentially contaminated products, and ensuring foods are properly stored.

Aside from that, using toxin binders such as Attapulgite and Bentonite can help you in maintaining the hygiene of the foods. The naturally-mined clay can help to absorb toxins, Mycotoxin included, with great uniformity, high heat stability, pH resistance, and efficacy.

The only way to have a guaranteed high-quality product is by keeping the livestock in its best shape possible. Click here to find your solution.

Biosecurity: The Key to a Healthy Farm

Maintaining a healthy environment in the Farm and Agriculture Industry is far from simple. Unsanitary practices of animal farming can lead to disease outbreaks and food contamination from fungi, bacteria, viruses, ectoparasites, and endoparasites.

To prevent such risks, farms need to maintain good Biosecurity conditions. It is an integral concept that encompasses policy and regulation in protecting agriculture, food, and the environment.

How the World’s View towards Biosecurity Evolves

The last couple of years of the pandemic outbreak has awakened the world’s awareness of the importance of Biosecurity. Especially with the latest Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak that strikes cattle in 23 provinces in Indonesia. Indonesia reported a US$1.37 billion loss in 2022 from this disease.

In stemming the spread of this disease, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency started regulating the traffic of animals at risk of contamination, containing Biosecurity as one of the requirements.

There are 3 main stages in implementing Biosecurity: Isolation, Traffic Control, and Sanitation. Aside from that, separating the farm areas using 3-Zone Biosecurity is also needed. Red Zone covers all areas outside the farm with a high risk of contamination, including humans and anything they brought. Yellow Zone is the transition zone that serves as a buffer from the high-risk zone to the production zone. While the Green Zone is the clean area where production happens. Only authorized personnel can enter this zone, they also must sanitize tools they need to use while being in this are. 

Ideally, there is a need to practice Biosecurity at all times. During a disease outbreak, it can serve both as a prevention and reduction of the disease spread.

Though having a Biosecurity management plan still remains voluntary, having one will significantly improve animal health, which results in the best product quality.

The Road to Eliminating Harmful Chemicals in Coating and Constructions Industry

Many industries have been using APEO or alkylphenol ethoxylates as surfactants in their products for more than 50 years. It includes textiles, pulp and paper manufacturing, household, paint and coating manufacturing, and many more. APEOs are versatile and cost-effective due to their wide variety of applications.

However, several studies in the last two decades pointed to the harmful impacts APEO posed to wildlife, water, and human. With the majority of usage in aqueous solutions, APEOs are discharged into industrial wastewater and water sewage. Therefore, humans are exposed to the risk of contaminated waters and food, ingestion of pesticide sprays, and absorption through the skin from sanitary products.

In regard to these studies, a few regions have created regulations to limit the use of APEOs in industrial products. Some major regions even completely eliminated them from the emulsion raw material bases, including coating resins and latex dispersing agents. These regulations urge manufacturers to develop formulations to substitute APEOs as surfactants.

Coating and Construction Industry’s Response to the APEO-free Regulations

As a manufacturer, complying with the regulations is just as important as protecting consumers. Especially with the increased demand for green-label products, which in the Coating and Constructions Industry means that the products do not contain APEO, Formaldehyde, Chlorine, and are low in VOC.

It is a big challenge for manufacturers to substitute APEOs, as surfactants played an important part in binding two elements in a uniform mixture. This is especially true in producing a can of latex paint, which is near impossible without the existence of surfactants. Hence, it is necessary to replace APEOs with formulations that can give the same result.

Using non-ionic wetting and dispersing agent like DISPEX®️ Ultra FA 4480 can be an alternative to using APEOs. The excellent pigment-wetting properties of DISPEX®️ Ultra FA 4480 improve gloss and color intensity for aqueous pigment pastes. It is also perfect for water-based alkyds, polyester resins, and aqueous polyurethane emulsions.

It is important for manufacturers to comply with the regulations and protect consumers from harmful chemicals. Even though there are no regulations yet on the use of APEOs as surfactants in Indonesia, many manufacturers are shifting into producing APEO-free products. 

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