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Wilmington, Delaware, July 1, 2008

DuPont Qualicon BAX® System Named in Government Standard for Food Testing in China

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has specified the BAX® system as an official method for pathogen detection in food imports and exports.

AQSIQ is a government agency responsible for monitoring the safety and quality of food in China.   The agency recently published a new professional standard for entry/exit inspection and quarantine in the PRC.   Standard SN/T1869-2007describes the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique for rapid pathogen detection and names the automated BAX® system as an approved PCR method for detecting Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter jejuni and E. sakazakii in food. 

“When monitoring food imports and exports, efficiency is critical,” said Qin Zhenkui, president of the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ), AQSIQ.   “PCR technology can provide the speed, sensitivity and accuracy in routine food testing that allows our agency to make faster release decisions with a high degree of confidence.”

Another food safety monitoring authority in China – the Beijing Municipal Center for Food Safety Monitoring (BFSM) – is already using the BAX® detection system to provide technical support for food safety management of the Beijing municipal government and the 2008 athletic competition.

“This is good news from AQSIQ,” said Kevin Huttman, president – DuPont Qualicon.   “Protecting the food supply is a major global concern, and we understand that China is also facing the increasing demands and emerging challenges on food safety.   We’re pleased that the BAX® system is helping government agencies in China and around the world with cost-effective and highly accurate food safety testing.”

DuPont Qualicon provides innovative, science-based diagnostic products to help today’s leading food companies reduce risk, ship safer products and achieve profitable growth.  The award-winning BAX® system was the first commercial product to apply Nobel prize-winning technology called the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to food testing in 1995.   The automated system uses leading-edge technology, including assays, tableted reagents and optimized media to detect Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli O157:H7, E. sakazakii, Campylobacter and Staphylococcus aureus in raw ingredients, finished products and environmental samples.   With certifications and regulatory approvals in the Americas, Asia and Europe, the BAX® system is recognized globally as the most advanced pathogen testing system available to food companies.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company.  Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere.  Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.