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Roka Bioscience gets AOAC certification for Listeria

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By Joe Whitworth+


Roka: Listeria environmental control has become paramount. Picture: ©iStock
Roka: Listeria environmental control has become paramount. Picture: ©iStock

Roka Bioscience has received the AOAC Performance Tested Methods certification from the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI).

It applies for an 18 to 24-hour Listeria spp. enrichment using FoodChek Systems' Actero ELITE Listeria Enrichment Media (Actero Listeria Media) for environmental samples.

The Atlas Listeria Environmental (LE) Detection Assay is approved to detect Listeria spp. from environmental surfaces (stainless steel grade 316, plastic (PVC) and sealed concrete) after an 18 to 24-hour enrichment.

Dr Erin Dreyling, Roka's VP, research and scientific affairs, said the Atlas System with Actero Listeria Media enable companies to have better control of food safety programs.

"Actero Listeria Media's faster enrichment times not only provide more flexibility for the laboratory, but also enable companies to have a more rapid response to environmental Listeria,” she said. 

"With the increase in regulation and FDA swabathons, Listeria environmental control has become paramount to the food processors.” 

Q Laboratories did the independent laboratory study as part of the AOAC-RI third-party evaluation and validation processes.

William Hogan, president and CEO of FoodChek, said: "Together, the Atlas System and Actero Listeria Media have lifted the bar to new standards for Listeria testing in speed, accuracy and cost effectiveness. This will give all processors and food safety laboratory facilities significant technical and economic bottom line benefits."

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