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InstantLabs' Listeria Species Food Safety Test Kit Receives AOAC Cert

InstantLabs Medical Diagnostics Corporation (InstantLabs®), developer of the portable Hunter® Accelerated Real-Time PCR system, have announced that its Listeria Species Food Safety Kit has received AOAC Performance Tested MethodsSM certification (PTM #041304) for environmental and food matrices. The Hunter® system is a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) platform that provides rapid, affordable, and accurate detection of pathogens.

The Listeria Species Food Safety Kit has been certified for the identification of Listeria species in foods and environmental surfaces that are common carriers of the potentially lethal foodborne pathogen. The award follows independent laboratory studies conducted by Food Safety Net Services (FSNS). The AOAC Performance TestedSM certification mark is widely recognized by the food industry and government agencies and is awarded to products that have passed unbiased and rigorous evaluation.

InstantLabs' Hunter® system and Food Safety Test Kits are designed to both simplify and improve the detection process for relevant dangerous bacteria in food products directly at the point of need. The test kits are available to the food industry and import/export organizations worldwide, for whom the ability to deliver the highest quality food products in the shortest possible window of time is crucial to public health and overall success of the organization. In addition to its Listeria Food Safety Test Kits, InstantLabs has test kits available for Salmonella species, E. coli 0157:H7 as well as tests to screen for Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC) including the 'Big 6'. InstantLabs also offers a porcine DNA detection kit and will soon be shipping a kit for detecting equine (horsemeat) DNA.

The use of RT-PCR has historically been limited to large centralized labs with highly specialized staff. Barriers to its wider use have included the amount of space required for multiple large components, technical complexity, and high cost. InstantLabs removes these barriers with its fully-integrated, compact, and affordable Hunter system, which requires only minimal space and basic technician training to deliver gold-standard testing at points-of-need.



Date Published: 7th May 2013

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