AOAC Emergency Response Validation: Salmonella in Peanut Butter
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In recent weeks, many
consumers have been sickened and some have died from an outbreak of Salmonella in peanut butter and peanut butter
products, resulting in the biggest food
recall in U.S. history.
The AOAC Research
Institute, a subsidiary of AOAC INTERNATIONAL, has launched a new program, Emergency Response Validation (ERV), which is designed to respond
immediately to emerging food contamination crises by rapidly evaluating
candidate methods once a crisis is identified.
Bio-Rad's iQ-Checkô Salmonella II real-time PCR test kit and
RAPID'Salmonella chromogenic media were evaluated as
part of the ERV study compared to the FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) method. Preliminary
results showed excellent correlation with the reference method and no
statistical difference between the methods. The iQ-Check Salmonella II real-time PCR test kit provides
processors with a less than 24 hour time to result by combining a single
primary enrichment in non-selective Buffered Peptone Water and highly
specific and sensitive DNA probes.
RAPID'Salmonella chromogenic agar is a selective
medium providing easy-to-read color based differentiation of Salmonella colonies on an agar plate.