Dispatches from IFT 2013
Bio-Rad in automated food pathogen testing
Based on the iQ Check, which comprises a range of tests, instruments and software the iQ-Check Prep is a walk away automation platform that will prepare a pre-enriched sample for pathogen detection.
Regulatory pressure on food producers
Philippe Villard, marketing manager, Food Science Division, Bio-Rad, told foodproductiondaily.com at the IFT in Chicago that the system offers the traceability and reproducibility that is critical for a food pathogen detection method, especially as regulatory pressure in food producers increases.
“We launched this in response to the needs of labs that handle a lot of samples every day to give them a complete automation of our manual method system. It gives them peace of mind so that they can go away but still expect the same level of reliability,” he said.
“We are not changing the transcription of our manual method it has just become completely automated. We have a transparent process for the US not like the ‘Black Box effect’ where scientists put their sample into a ‘black box’ only to return two hours later without seeing the results as they happen.
Easy adaption of molecular methods
“This area will be a major focus for us in the next three years. Molecular methods are becoming the gold standard in food pathogen testing mainly because more emerging pathogens (such as STEC) are described by international regulators in molecular terms and cannot truly be diagnosed by non-molecular method, ELISA for example.
“With a simple user interface and intuitive design, the iQ-Check Prep system allows for the easy adaption of molecular methods to labs that have never used this method in the past.”
All protocols have been AFNOR/ISO 16140 and AOAC validated and extended for use with the iQ Check Prep system.