The Barkey clinitherm pasteur is a dry temperature control device for safe and reliable pasteurization of breast milk to prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV) transmission.

Like all Barkey devices, the clinitherm pasteur is a dry temperature control device. The baby bottles with the milk to be pasteurized are placed in the device. The instrument works with a so-called reference bottle, in which a reference sensor is located. The unit heats up and as soon as the reference medium has reached a temperature of +63°C, the pasteurization process starts for 30 minutes (Holder pasteurization[1]). After 30 minutes, the milk is pasteurized and free of the dangerous CM virus.

[1] American Academy of Pediatrics (2012): Policy statement: Breastfeeding and the use of human milk, Vol. 129, No. 3, S. e833

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breast milk is the best form of nutrition for newborns. The WHO also confirms that newborns fed with breast milk can be less susceptible to viral diseases and have a reduced risk of hypertension, obesity and diabetes[1].

Nevertheless, it happens that mothers cannot produce breast milk or cannot produce enough[2]. WHO and AAP therefore recommend the use of pasteurized donor milk in such cases. The Holder pasteurization method has become established for this purpose, i.e. a pasteurization process is carried out at 62.5°C for 30 minutes. The method is considered an appropriate compromise to preserve important ingredients of breast milk, although the quality standard of breast milk cannot be achieved. However, a major advantage of the Holder method is the complete and thus safe elimination of the CM virus[3]. The Barkey clinitherm pasteur makes an important contribution to the inactivation of this virus.

[1] Horta, B.L., Victora, C.G. (2013): Long-term effects of breastfeeding – A systematic review, World Health Organization

[2] Peila, C., Moro, G.E., Bertino, E., Cavallarin, L., Giribaldi, M., Giuliani, F., Cresi, F., Coscia, A. (2016): The effect of Holder pasteurization on nutrients and biologically-active components in donor human milk: A review, in: Nutrients, Vol. 8, Issue 8, S.1f.

[3] Hamprecht, K., Maschmann, J., Müller, D., Dietz, K., Besenthal, I., Goelz, R., Middeldorp, J.M., Speer, C.P, Jhan, G. (2004): Cytomegalovirus (CMV) inactivation in breast milk: reassessment of pasteurization and freeze-thawing, in: Pediatric Research, Vol. 56, No. 4, S. 532

The pasteurization process is very simple with the Barkey clinitherm pasteur. As soon as the bottles to be pasteurized are prepared and inserted into the device, the device works fully automatically. The user only has to start the program and as soon as the process is completed, the device signals with an acoustic signal. The bottles must then be cooled according to their process.

Since the Barkey clinitherm pasteur is a medical product, an annual Technical Safety Inspection (TSI) is required. Our service team is happy to service your device on site (only in Germany) or at our premises. Our international distribution partners will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. The Barkey clinitherm pasteur has a 2-year warranty.

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Product Barkey clinitherm pasteur
Main supply 230 V 50 Hz or 100 V 50/60 Hz
Set temperature Pasteurization mode: +65°C
Warming mode: +25°C to +40°C
Dimensions according to model
Weight modellabhängig
Cooling by a stand alone cooling block
Certification CE 0123

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