Qiagen Listeria assays get AOAC backing

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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Qiagen's mericon pathogen detection assay
Qiagen's mericon pathogen detection assay

Related tags: Food, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli

Qiagen’s detection assays for Listeria species and Listeria monocytogenes have received AOAC Performance Tested Method (PTM) certification.

AOAC validated the assays with single enrichment in foods from meat, seafood, fruit/vegetable and dairy sectors, and in environmental tests on common food production surfaces.

Food safety laboratories can run mericon Listeria kits manually or on Qiagen’s QIAsymphony Rotor-Gene Q (RGQ) automation platforms.

Dr Dietrich Hauffe, senior vice president, Life Sciences business area, said it adds to the AOAC-certified mericon Salmonella detection kit.

“The mericon assay platform represents the broadest portfolio on the market providing highly sensitive and specific molecular detection of pathogen nucleic acids for users safeguarding the food supply chain.

“Ready-to-use pathogen detection kits combined with the QIAsymphony RGQ automation enable users to process over 400 samples in a 12-hour shift.”

Qiagen expects additional AOAC certifications for pathogen assays, such as E. coli O157 and Campylobacter.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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