BAX® SYSTEM REAL-TIME SALMONELLA PCR ASSAY FIRST TO RECEIVE AOAC-RI APPROVAL FOR SALMONELLA QUANTITATION

BAX® SYSTEM REAL-TIME SALMONELLA PCR ASSAY
FIRST TO RECEIVE 
AOAC-RI APPROVAL
FOR SALMONELLA QUANTITATION

Quantitative assay for Salmonella means easy implementation of
targeted intervention processes and assessments of consumer risk in final products

  

CAMARILLO, Calif. (27 January 2021)— Hygiena, a leader in food safety testing, announces that the new quantification application (SalQuant™) of the BAX® System Real-Time (RT) PCR Assay for Salmonella has now received AOAC-RI Performance Tested MethodSM approval (certification #081201, an extension of the original BAX RT Salmonella PCR Assay). In addition to knowing if Salmonella is present, this test can now accurately quantify Salmonella levels from each sample when used with the BAX® System Q7.

 

For the first time ever, there is a rapid method that can provide quantitative data on contamination levels by performing RT-PCR on comminuted chicken and turkey collected from a food production facility. After only 8 hours of enrichment, samples are analyzed using the BAX® System RT PCR Assay for Saålmonella on the BAX® System Q7 instrument. The resulting cycle threshold (CT) values for positive samples is utilized to quantify the number of colony-forming units (CFUs) present in the sample. No additional kits or components are required, only the BAX System RT PCR Assay for Salmonella (KIT2012).

 

 This allows the collection of quantitative, numeric data on contamination levels that is location- or matrix-specific, more accurate and precise, and less laborious than MPN. By combining the power of real-time PCR, the BAX System RT Assay for Salmonella, and available protocols for multiple sampling locations throughout poultry production, processors can now quantify Salmonella from the farm to final product to improve and verify sanitation and antimicrobial intervention processes, to meet more stringent regulatory and quality standards, and protect consumers by knowing the risk a positive sample could pose. Processors can more quickly and confidently respond to increasing Salmonella contamination issues, allowing them to better focus their sanitation and antimicrobial interventions to root causes, saving money that otherwise would be used for wider interventions.

 

  “We are so excited to offer a quantitative application for Salmonella testing. This application of our RT Salmonella assay will dramatically improve the understanding of bacterial loads throughout the poultry production facilities, meaning more confidence in product release related to consumer risk,” said April Englishbey, PhD., product manager at Hygiena. “No more destruction or unnecessary diversions of Salmonella positive final products that pose low risk to consumers. This accreditation has paved the way not only for the poultry industry, but for the use of SalQuant™ in beef and pork industries to provided tools for data-drive decision making about Salmonella”. 

 

ABOUT HYGIENA 

Hygiena delivers rapid microbial detection, monitoring, and identification solutions to a wide range of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, and personal care. Utilizing advanced technologies and patented designs, Hygiena provides industry-leading ATP monitoring systems, PCR-based pathogen detection and characterization systems, allergen tests, mycotoxin tests, environmental collection devices, and more. Hygiena is committed to the mission of providing customers with high-quality innovative technologies that are easy-to-use and reliable, backed by excellent customer service and support. Headquartered in Camarillo, California with offices in Wilmington, Delaware, Mexico, Spain, Canada, the United Kingdom and China, and over 80 distributors in more than 100 countries worldwide, Hygiena products span the globe. www.hygiena.com.  

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