BAX® System assays now meet ISO 16140-2 standard for all AFNOR-certified methods

AFNOR, an ISO certification body in France that is a widely recognized European accreditation body of food safety detection methods, has now issued extensions in accordance with the new ISO standard 16140-2 for all 10 BAX® System assays previously certified.

In addition to extending all the assays to the newest ISO standard and software version, the BAX® System Real-Time PCR assay for Salmonella was also extended for dairy (except powdered milk) and chocolate food categories and a shortened enrichment protocol for raw meats and raw seafood. With these additions, the BAX® System Real-Time PCR assay for Salmonella is now certified for all human food products, pet food and environmental samples (except primary production samples). The 10 assays (real-time and traditional PCR) are listed below:

BAX System Real-Time and traditional assays meeting ISO 16140-2 and AFNOR:

BAX® System Real-Time PCR Assay for Salmonella

BAX® System X5 PCR Assay for Listeria monocytogenes

BAX® System Real-Time PCR Assay for E. coli O157:H7

BAX® System PCR Assay for E. coli O157:H7 MP

BAX® System PCR assay for Salmonella/ Salmonella 2

BAX® System X5 PCR Assay for E. coli O157:H7

BAX® System X5 PCR Assay for Salmonella 

BAX® System PCR Assay for Genus Listeria 24E

BAX® System PCR Assay for Listeria monocytogenes 24E

BAX® System X5 PCR Assay for Genus Listeria

“These certifications from AFNOR, which is recognized internationally, emphasizes the ability of our PCR assays to detect potentially pathogenic bacteria in food and environmental samples with performance equal to or better than the ISO reference method,” said Ed Luterbach, Chief Commercialization Officer at Hygiena. “We believe we are one of the very few companies that has all of its PCR assays AFNOR-validated. These certifications are backed up by independent studies that have demonstrated the effectiveness of the BAX® System in a variety of facilities and situations.”

ABOUT ISO 16140-2

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 16140-2 specifies a technical protocol to validate alternative methods of microbiology to reference methods for testing in the food chain. It is used to validate methods to analysis of microorganisms (bacteria and fungi in particular) for food, animal feed, environmental samples, and primary production sample. 

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