It applies to the detection of Salmonella in all human and animal food products and production environments and of E. coli O157:H7 in raw meats, raw milk, fruits and vegetables.
Hugo Gonzalez, EMEA sales leader for Diagnostics, DuPont Nutrition & Health, said validation allows customers to use the assays to detect Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 in products with certainty.
“AFNOR Certification is particularly important to the European food industry, where validation according to ISO standards is a requirement before an alternative method can be adopted by food companies or contract testing laboratories.”
The DuPont BAX System X5 is an automated, PCR-based detection method that can be used by food companies, service laboratories and government agencies to detect pathogens in raw ingredients, finished products and processing environments.
It has a smaller, lightweight construction than the Q7 platform, to provide greater testing flexibility.
BAX System X5 PCR assays are available for Listeria species and L. monocytogenes and have been certified by the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI) as a method for detection of these organisms in food and environmental samples.
AFNOR Certification is a European validation that analyzes alternative detection methods for the food industry based on the EN ISO 16140 standard.