16 February 2021

AOAC certification of listeria assay

Security & Defence

Breakthrough pathogen identifier gives food and beverage companies new, rapid solution to ensure food safety

Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, was granted an AOAC INTERNATIONAL Performance Test MethodSM (PTM) program certification number 122005 for its Listeria CANARY® assay. The assay, used in the company’s Zephyr pathogen identifier, gives food and beverage companies a new, rapid solution to screen and protect against dangerous pathogens that are a common contaminate of concern in food-processing environments.

The Listeria assay was validated through the AOAC PTM Program, an independent, third party review which examines robustness, product consistency, stability, instrument variation and matrix studies. PTM confirmed that the assay met all required metrics for certification. Results also demonstrated high specificity and selectivity in rapid identification of various Listeria species using CANARY technology, a revolutionary pathogen detection technology that combines the sensitivity of PCR with the speed of Lateral Flow.

Andrew Flannery, VP Product Development, Smiths Detection said, “The listeria assay is based on CANARY® technology, a cell-based biosensor that makes rapid testing for biological threats possible and eliminates the need for laboratory analysis; it is proven to identify a range of threat agents including emerging viruses, toxins and bacteria.”

Zephyr is used in conjunction with agent specific kits to screen various matrices for the presence of harmful pathogens, including foodborne pathogens and bio-warfare agents like Anthrax. For more information on Zephyr click here.

AOAC certification of listeria assay

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