The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently issued a letter of no objection to DuPont’s claim that the BAX® System STEC suite is comparable to the FSIS reference method MLG 5B.01 for detecting top Shiga toxin-producing strains of E. coli (STEC).
To determine the basis of the claim, the FSIS evaluated robust validation data from the Qualicon Diagnostics business of DuPont Nutrition & Health, comparing the BAX® System to the FSIS reference method regarding low-level inoculum levels, specificity and sensitivity of the method in ground beef and beef trim. Based on that review, the agency has no objection to the BAX® System STEC suite under the validated conditions.
“With FSIS enforcement, this letter of no objection helps BAX® System customers to comply with the new policy using a testing method that’s acceptable to the inspectors,” said Jodie Vanderman, global product manager, DuPont Qualicon Diagnostics. “Fast, reliable tests help streamline the workflow and accurate STEC results allow beef processors to make product release decisions with greater confidence.”
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