(16 Feb 2021)
Smiths Detection has been granted an AOAC
International Performance Test Method (PTM) program
certification number 122005 for its Listeria Canary assay.
Listeria is a bacteria which causes Listeriosis.
The relatively rare infection usually goes away on its own, but
can cause serious problems to those with a weak immune system and
The assay, used in the company’s Zephyr pathogen
identifier, gives F&B companies a new
solution to quickly screen and protect against dangerous pathogens that
are a common contaminate of concern in food-processing
The Listeria assay was validated through the AOAC
PTM Program, an independent, third party review which examines
robustness, product consistency, stability, instrument variation
and matrix studies.
The PTM confirmed that the assay met all required
metrics for certification. Results also demonstrated high
specificity and selectivity in rapid identification of various
Listeria species using Canary technology that combines the sensitivity of PCR with the
speed of Lateral Flow.
Andrew Flannery, VP Product Development, Smiths
Detection said, “The listeria assay is based on Canary
technology, a cell-based biosensor that makes rapid testing for
biological threats possible and eliminates the need for laboratory
analysis; it is proven to identify a range of threat agents
including emerging viruses, toxins and bacteria.”
Zephyr is used in conjunction with agent specific
kits to screen various matrices for the presence of harmful
pathogens, including foodborne pathogens and bio-warfare agents
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