SALT LAKE CITY--()--Idaho Technology, Inc. (ITI) has received AOAC Performance Tested Method approval for two additional Salmonella matrices—stainless steel environmental samples and dry pet food. These matrices join the list of already approved matrices in the Salmonella LT Food Security System including chocolate, cooked ham, fresh raw chicken, lettuce, raw ground beef, and liquid whole eggs. This assay uses real-time PCR technology to identify the presence of Salmonella in less than one hour after a pre-enrichment period.
“We have developed an easy, accurate, and timely PCR assay for detecting Salmonella in food and on surfaces”
The validation of these matrices is an important development as salmonellosis is the most commonly reported food-borne illness worldwide. Surfaces such as stainless steel are potential sources of food cross-contamination. Dry pet food poses additional risks as Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats and illness may also occur in humans when contaminated pet food is handled.
“We have developed an easy, accurate, and timely PCR assay for detecting Salmonella in food and on surfaces,” stated Kristine Clemens, ITI food safety validation manager. “We are thrilled to add these critical matrices to our AOAC approval, giving companies even more testing options.” The Salmonella LT kit is available for purchase in both low and high volume formats for use with the R.A.P.I.D.® LT Food Security System (FSS).
About the R.A.P.I.D. LT FSS
Built upon LightCycler® technology, the R.A.P.I.D. LT FSS combines rapid air thermocycling and a real-time fluorimeter to reliably test food and environmental samples. In addition to the instrument, robust freeze-dried reagents have been designed and optimized to run on this instrument and provide precise results. Because of its sensitivity, accuracy, and high speed, it is the ideal instrument for rapid foodborne pathogen identification and represents a significant improvement over traditional microbiology tests that currently require 5 to 7 days.
About Idaho Technology, Inc.
Idaho Technology, Inc., based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the originator of rapid DNA analysis with applications including DNA amplification, real-time PCR and mutation discovery. ITI’s systems include biothreat detection systems (R.A.P.I.D.® and RAZORTM systems), a biomedical research system for gene quantification and mutation scanning (LightScanner® system), and a food protection system (R.A.P.I.D.® LT). Founded in 1990, ITI is a privately held company focused on worldwide applications in the defense, research, industrial and food testing markets. For more information, please visit http://www.idahotech.com.
About AOAC International
AOAC International is a not-for-profit scientific association committed to worldwide confidence in analytical results. For more information, please visit http://www.aoac.org/.