AFNOR certifies two new BAX® System methods, renews a third

Key European standards organization grants new certification for BAX® System Real-Time PCR assays for L. monocytogenes and Genus Listeria; renewal for Real-Time Salmonella assay

AFNOR, an ISO certification body in France and widely recognized European accreditation body of food safety detection methods, has issued NF Validations in accordance with ISO standard 16140-2 for two BAX® System Real-Time PCR assays.

The certification of the following assays demonstrates that the BAX® System rapid microbiological methods performed equivalent or better than the ISO reference method for detecting pathogens in all human (non-animal feed) food products and industrial production environmental samples:

  • BAX® System Real-Time PCR assay for Listeria monocytogenes
  • BAX® System Real-Time PCR assay for Genus Listeria

The BAX® System Real-Time PCR assay for Salmonella was also renewed for detecting Salmonella species in all human food products (excluding milk powder), pet food and production environmental samples.

“These certifications from AFNOR, which are recognized internationally, emphasizes the ability of our BAX 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. “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 against 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.


The Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR), established in 1926, is France’s official organization for coordinating standards development for a wide range of industrial processes, including food safety verification. It is a member association of the ISO. AFNOR Certification is internationally recognized and operates through over 40 offices worldwide. It has a global network of auditors, cooperating with technical partners, large laboratories, technical centers and inspection bodies.

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