AOAC RI LAUNCHES EMERGENCY RESPONSE VALIDATION PROGRAM: SALMONELLA IN PEANUT BUTTER
Source of Article: http://www.aoac.org/News/ri_press_rel.htm
The ERV program is based on the Performance-Tested
(PTM) program operated by the AOAC Research Institute. Candidate test
kit methods will be evaluated using blind coded samples and the results
reviewed by the AOAC General Referee for Microbiology. Q Laboratories, Inc.
On January 30, 2009, eight companies submitted 12 test kit methods for evaluation. Samples are now being prepared by Q Laboratories, Inc. The evaluation of the candidate methods is scheduled to start on February 23, 2009. The review of the laboratory test results is scheduled for completion on March 4, 2009. A list of test kit methods validated for the detection of Salmonella species in peanut butter will be posted to the AOAC Research Institute website on or about March 25, 2009.
PTMs approved for Salmonella species in peanut butter will receive a special Certificate of Validation and will add to the number of currently validated methods providing investigators, food regulators, and the industry with more validated methods to choose from.
The ERV program takes advantage of the existing pool of PTMs and AOAC Official Methods of AnalysisSM. All of these methods have been extensively evaluated, but may not have been evaluated for the specific contaminant and food type associated with the emerging contamination crisis. The ERV program is designed to evaluate these previously AOAC-approved methods for the specific contaminant and food type causing the crisis, in this case Salmonella species in peanut butter products. For an up-to-date list of PTMs, visit http://www.aoac.org/testkits/testedmethods.html
AOAC INTERNATIONAL is a globally recognized, independent, not-for-profit association founded in 1884. AOAC serves the analytical sciences community by providing validated methods and technical standards that give confidence in analytical results. For more information contact Zerlinde Johnson at 301 924 7077 ext. 134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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