A Baltimore company recently received independent certification of its new food safety test kit that can provide results for listeria monocytogenes on fresh produce or contact surfaces in 24 hours without the need to send samples to an outside laboratory.
InstantLabs Medical Diagnostics Corp. earned “Performance Tested Methods” certification from the non-profit Association of Analytical Communities, Gaithersburg, Md., for its listeria monocytogenes test kit, said InstantLabs chief executive officer Steven Guterman in a news release.
The listeria monocytogenes kit also earned approval from the Food Safety Net Services, San Antonio.
Coinciding with the AOAC certification, InstantLabs is releasing enhanced software for its portable Hunter Accelerated Real-Time PRC system. The Hunter system is a table-top lab that allows produce companies to collect, enrich and test environmental and product samples for various foodborne pathogens without having to use an off-site laboratory, according to the news release.
The new software for the Hunter system provides immediate notification of results and can automatically e-mail test results to produce company officials so they can OK the release of product as soon as possible, regardless of their location. The Hunter system uses a polymerase chain reaction platform similar to that used by food safety officials.
In addition to the listeria monocytogenes kit, InstantLabs offers test kits for general listeria species, salmonella species, E. coli 0157:H7 and shiga-toxin producing E. coli species. Test results are available in as little as 12 hours for E. coli and salmonella, according to an InstantLabs spokeswoman.