Microbiology News : Feb 2021

PerkinElmer COVID-19 Antigen Test
PerkinElmer has launched its COVID-19 Antigen Test for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein antigen in nasal (NS) or nasopharyngeal (NP) swab specimens. The test is CE-marked and showed sensitivity greater than 97% & specificity of 100%. more...
Andy Whittard
Leading UK-based manufacturer of prepared media and supplier of microbial monitoring equipment Cherwell Laboratories is 50 years old.  They plan to mark the occasion with various, events, competitions, and activities to mark the occasion. Find out how you can join in their fun celebrations. more...
Accelerated Analytical Laboratories are the first in Wisconsin to aquire COVID-19 related VERIPRO SARS-CoV-2 enviromental assay allowing it's food production customers to test their environments for SARS-CoV-2. more...
Legionella Testing Kit
Bio-Rad has received AFNOR validation for the iQ-Check Legionella Aquadien DNA extraction short protocols and Free DNA Removal Solution protocol according to ISO TS 12869 and NF T90-471. Learn more. more...
Solutions for microbiological water testing
This special focus on 'Microbiological Testing of Water' showcases the latest technologies for routine water testing, including tests for SARS in wastewater, Clostridia, Legionella, plus QC reference strains, proficiency testing scheme, a podcast and webinar! more...
New Products for COViD-19 Testing
This week: Two lists on top performing rapid tests published by EU and independent researchers; Air sampler detects virus in study; high-throughput testing robot for SARS-CoV-2 developed by Ziath and new algorithim on smartphone app can detect very low viral loads on rapid antigen test. more...

Study Shows Air Sampler Detects SARS-CoV-2 in Aerosols

23 Feb 2021 | Food & BeverageClinicalPharmaceutical

Air sampler for viruses
Smiths Detection has reported that its BioFlash® Biological Identifier can detect SARS-CoV-2 in the air following tests conducted by the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). more...
Best Rapid Antigen and Antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2
NSF International and Novateur Ventures have identified 5 direct (antigen/RNA) tests for detection of acute infection and 6 indirect (antibody) tests for detection of prior infection that meet the recently published WHO "desirable" Target Product Profile (TPP) criteria. more...
Virus inactivation medium
RNAssist (Cambridge UK) and Rapid Labs Ltd (Colchester, UK) have launched the virusPHIX™ range of virus inactivating and RNA stabilising transport media, following successful SARS-CoV-2 inactivation testing carried out by Public Health England (PHE). more...

Legionella, A Waterborne Risk

22 Feb 2021 | WaterPharmaceutical

SureFast
COVID-19 has shut down many businesses, leaving buildings closed and water stagnant in systems allowing Legionella to multiply. Regular water analyses for Legionella must be performed under EU rules and r-biopharm's SureFast® PCR solution returns results in just a few hours. more...
Ready to use BCYE GVPC media for Legionella
SGL is one of the largest providers of pre-poured microbiological culture media for all applications in water testing, from the estimation of total viable counts right through to the highly sensitive detection of waterborne contamination and specific isolation of L. pneumophila. more...
Antigen test with smart phone reader
The LooK SPOT COVID-19 Antigen Test and AI algorithm enable fast results and real-time public data reporting. The kit also includes an antigen test reader and smartphone app, which can detect low-viral loads that might not be visible to the naked eye.  more...
Rapid Antigen tests approved in europe
The EU Health Security Committee has agreed on a common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, a selection of rapid antigen tests for which Member States will mutually recognise their results, and a common standardised set of data to be included in COVID-19 test result certificates. more...
Robotic System for Ultra-High Throughput SARS-CoV-2 Testing
Ziath and the Hubrecht Institute (Utrecht, Netherlands) have developed a pioneering automated test robot, called STRIP-1, which can process up to 20,000 samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing in just 24 hours. more...
Biological Indicators
Liofilchem® provides a wide range of biological indicators for the steam, ethylene oxide, dry heat, hydrogen peroxide and irradiation sterilization processes.  Here we learn about the features and benefits of STRIP Control GST E6. more...
Automated Colony counters for water testing
Drastically reduce your water testing result times with the MICA Chromogenic and MICA Fluorescence microcolony counters. This rapid method's AI technology and unmatched optical resolution optimize ISO methods in water pathogen testing. more...
SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test CE-marked
Sona’s rapid antigen test provides results in 15 minutes and is an immunochromatographic assay for the qualitative detection of the spike protein antigen from SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal (NP) swab specimens from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19. more...
Red One instantaneous automated total viable counts in waters
Red One™ is a rapid, automated and easy solution to count viable micro-organisms (TVC) in waters (from 1ml to 100mL).  It showed unprecedented results in terms of sensitivity and repeatability compared to ATP monitoring or flow cytometry. more...
Clostridium perfringens
An innovative chromogenic medium to detect and identify C. perfringens in water samples and its smart advantages over the traditional TSC and m-CP agars. more...
Pall genedisc legionella
Pall® GeneDisc® technology provides a maximum flexibility for testing strategies to rapidly assess contamination level of their working environment, raw material, in-process samples and final products with AOAC and NF VALIDATION certified methods more...

EW GROUP Acquires Hygiena from Warburg Pincus

16 Feb 2021 | Food & Beverage

The newly formed group of companies, under the Hygiena umbrella, will include BioChek, a global veterinary diagnostic company, as well as Biotecon, an innovator in PCR, GMO, ID and environmental diagnostics. more...
Proficiency testing samples for SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater by nucleic acid amplification
It is essential that laboratories monitoring SARS-CoV-2 levels in wastewater ensure their methods and results are reliable and accurate.  LGC AXIO Proficiency Testing offers a new sample for the detection and quantification of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater by nucleic acid amplification testing. more...
RT-PCR test detects UK varitant
The MDX rTest COVID-19 B.1.1.7 kit has been used by the Slovenian government to reveal the prevalence of B.1.1.7 variant in its population. The test does not rely on spike gene target failure and can detect variants with similar mutations.  more...
Reference strains and QC formats for the microbiological testing of water
Microbiologics simplifies water testing QC with the strains you need, available in a variety of easy-to-use formats. more...
InnovaPrep Concentrating Pipette for liquid samples in water testing
Pre-analytical steps account for 70% of the labor & time required for sample analysis & significantly affect the quality of your results. The InnovaPrep method provides sample enrichment, inhibitor removal & repeatable results faster, easier, and better all in a tiny benchtop footprint. more...
Chromogenic screening medium for linezoid-resistant Staphylococci and Enterococci
CHROMagar™ have developed the first chromogenic screening medium designed for the detection, isolation and differentiation of Staphylococci and Enterococci resistant to Linezolid; an important antibiotic used against MRSA, VRS and VRE.  more...
Rapid PCR for Legionella
Detect and quantify all Legionella including the most harmful species L. pneumophila and L. pn serogroup 1 in a single PCR test. Water samples are analysed within 4 hours, colonies within 1 hr. more...

New Test Method & Buyer's Guide on Surface Testing for SARS-CoV-2 

12 Feb 2021 | Food & BeverageClinicalPharmaceutical

rapid surface testing for SARS Cov 2 the coronavirus that causes Covid 19
Buyers guide for SARS-CoV-2 surface testing kits highlighting the risk of infection from touching surfaces contaminated with the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It provides a list of suppliers of surface testing kits allowing direct contact for quotes/info. more...
Difference between Ecoli and STEC VTEC
E. coli, STEC, VTEC, O157… confused about the terms used for different groups of Escherichia coli and their relative food safety risks? Roy Betts, Campden BRI explains all. more...
PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater
Water Research Foundation study data confirm repeatability and consistency of detection of IDEXX SARS-CoV-2 wastewater tests. The study showed the IDEXX Water SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test to outperform most methods in terms of detection. more...
New Products for COVID-19 Testing
This week: New test method & buyer's guide for SARS-CoV-2 surface testing; viral load indicator can assist triaging, RT-PCR test from MultiplexDX proves its specificity for British variant during screening in Slovenia & Sonanano's rapid antigen test gets approval.  more...
SARS-CoV-2 Test Viral Load Indicator
The newly launched AmpliteCt™ is a viral load indicator (VLI) that categorizes the concentration of viral genetic material in a patient specimen, leverages several key data points, including cycle threshold (Ct), to accurately stratify COVID-19 positive patients.  more...
INTEGRA Voyager Electronic Pipette
Find out why INTEGRA’s VOYAGER adjustable tip spacing pipette and VIAFLO lightweight electronic pipette are the perfect lab companions for agricultural research into microbial evolution. more...
membrane filters for legionella detection and enumeration
Comparison studies indicate that the use of black PES membrane filters for recovery of Legionella bacteria in water samples gives more accurate results and greater recovery performance than the other materials tested.  more...
UKAS Calibration Accreditation for PMT GB Ltd
PMT (GB) Ltd has achieved UKAS accreditation for the calibration of particle counters and air samplers at their Malvern based laboratory and at customer premises. more...
Gonorrhoeae test
As COVID-19 causes disruption to supplies needed for STD/STI testing, BioMed Diagnostics announces an increase in the output of its InTray GC® and InPouch TV® for point-of-care Neisseria gonorrhoeae testing. more...

How Well Do You Really Know the Microbes You Are Working With?

09 Feb 2021 | Food & BeverageClinicalPharmaceutical

Guide to the maintenance of microorganisms
NCIMB’s culture collection curator, Dr Samantha Law, has written a light-hearted guide to best practice in microorganism maintenance. It highlights basic steps you can take to make sure that you really know the strains you are working with. more...
Download whitepaper
Primary Containment for most biological laboratories starts with the Biosafety Cabinet (BSC). Download the latest white paper on multiple users in a BSC. more...
Compare recombinant Factor C with LAL endotoxin test
This whitepaper compares the performance of LAL reagents with rFC, and shows the evidence supporting the 10 reasons to choose recombinant horseshoe crab Factor C (rFC) for your bacterial endotoxin testing. more...
EU GMP Annex I Changes in Microbial Monitoring
In this episode, Anne Klees and Adele Gisselmann (Global Product Managers with Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany) unravel the New GMP Annex I (Draft 2020) and explain what effect its changes and new sections will have on environmental microbial monitoring. more...
qPCR for SARS-CoV-2 variants
The Novacyt Group has launched SNPsig® assays; a new range that enables the identification of the non-variant virus and the UK, South Africa or Brazil variants, as well as any variant carrying the N501Y mutation. more...
New Products for COVID-19 Testing
This week: Monitor pandemic in real-time with rapid antigen test & automated reader; Innova promise 50 Million variant-antigen detection tests per day; Rapid antibody test will detect IgG/IgM essential for prioritizing vaccination groups.  more...
Rapid Antigen Test approved by WHO
Premier Medical Corporation is the first company to secure a COVID-19 test manufacturing contract with the World Health Organization to supply low-to-medium income countries with rapid antigen tests. more...
Petrifilm plate reader
3M have released its Petrifilm™ Plate Reader Advanced to the market. This AI-powered automated colony-counter can rapidly image, enumerate and document colonies on 3M Petrifilm Plates and delivers results in 4-6 seconds. more...

AOAC Certify Shiga-toxin E. coli Test Kits

04 Feb 2021 | Food & Beverage

AOAC certify STEC detection kits
BIOTECON Diagnostics has received AOAC-RI Performance Tested MethodsSM (PTM) Certification for its foodproof STEC Screening LyoKit and STEC Identification LyoKit. This rapid workflow of just two PCR tests is faster and cost-effective.   more...
Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test Reader
The iPEAK® reader from IUL SA automatically reads, stores and sends real-time rapid antigen test results to healthcare centres monitoring the pandemic. Results ready in 15-minutes. more...
Salmonella
Eurofins GeneScan Technologies’ BACSpec Salmonella 2 kit enables the fast detection of Salmonella spp. in food products, feed products, and environmental samples and is certified by AFNOR Certification as well as by the AOAC Research Institute. more...
Merck Talk on Listeria Detection in Food and Environmental Samples
Having difficulties finding a Listeria test that suits your needs? - This special focus on Listeria brings you a variety of test kits, from high-throughput to simple on-site rapid testing. Find swabs for those nooks and crannies too! more...
Shelf-life testing with Campden BRI
In this episode, Linda Everis (Principal Research Officer at Campden BRI) gives guidance for food manufacturers & processors in determining shelf-life and explains an array of useful techniques to ensure food safety.  more...
Hygiena SureTrend Cloud
Hygiena offers a single monitoring system which can identify the presence of potential contaminants as part of your food safety program: EnSURE™ Touch more...

NEOGEN’s Solutions for Listeria

01 Feb 2021 | Food & Beverage

Get your free guide to food microbiology testing including Listeria
We offer a range of traditional and alternative methods for the detection of Listeria, including our One Broth One Plate for Listeria workflow. View our innovative microbiology solutions with our free Guide to Food Microbiology Testing - learn more more...
Find bacterial biofilms instantantly
View presence of bacteria and biofilms in real-time without using any chemicals with the easy to operate hand held Bactiscan. Identify problem areas in your facility to take fast, effective remedial action. more...
New Products for COVID-19 Testing
This week: New qPCR tests for UK and South Africa variants; Synthetic molecular standards for COVID-19 assay development; BinaxNOW detects most culture-positive specimens in CDC study.  more...
New ebook on growth promotion testing
Cherwell Laboratories have a new ebook titled: "Growth Promotion Testing: A Guide to Good Practices". It is intended for anyone involved in growth promotion testing of microbiological media, particularly focusing on pharmaceutical and sterile medical device industry applications. more...