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BioMérieux granted AOAC approval

By Joe Whitworth+

30-Jul-2014

BioMérieux has been granted approval for its automated quality indicator test for enumeration of Bacillus cereus bacteria in food.

The AOAC Research Institute backed TEMPO BC, which provides automated results in 22 to 27 hours.

This enables food manufacturers to release their products into the supply chain earlier than testing by traditional methods, said the firm.

It added that the automated system, based on traditional MPN (Most Probable Number), reduced hands-on time and faster turnaround time for accurate and standardized results.

“BioMérieux is historically committed to developing high-performing testing solutions to help manufacturers ensure food quality and safety worldwide,” said Nicolas Cartier, corporate vice president, industry division.

“The importance of using third-party validation programs such as AOAC is a key component of the company’s global development.”

Bacillus cereus is a gram positive, aerobic spore-forming bacterium which, when present in foods improperly stored, can lead to food poisoning.