bioMérieux VIDAS® Listeria monocytogenes Xpress Assay and VIDAS® UP Salmonella Kits Gain International Approvals
Marcy L’Etoile, France - October 18, 2011 .
bioMérieux, a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics, today announced it has received international recognition for two new solutions that will help protect consumers from food-borne illnesses.
The VIDAS® Listeria monocytogenes Xpress (LMX) assay received approval from the AOAC Research Institute, while the VIDAS® UP Salmonella (SPT) kit is approved by the AFNOR Validation according to the ISO 16140 standard. These validations cover the testing of all foods. The rigors of these third-party validations provide food professionals with added assurance for high-performance testing standards.
“bioMérieux is committed to providing the food industry with high performance testing solutions like VIDAS® LMX and VIDAS® SPT,” said Jean-Marc Durano, Corporate Vice President, Industrial Microbiology. “We are pleased to receive international recognition for these two new solutions that will help make the detection of major pathogens more rapid and simple for our customers.”
The VIDAS® LMX assay is one of the most rapid, automated, easy-to-use solutions for the screening of L. monocytogenes in food and environmental samples. This new test provides a simple sample preparation, with minimal manipulations, resulting in an optimized laboratory workflow. VIDAS® LMX delivers results in as little as 28 hours, where traditional methods can take up to three days.
The VIDAS® SPT food safety solution, utilizing phage protein technology, is able to detect low levels of contamination by Salmonella and is one of the most rapid and easy-to-use diagnostic tools available for the screening of Salmonella in environmental samples, standard and large-size food samples. The technology provides an extremely simple, one-step sample preparation that reduces laboratory hands-on time, and delivers results in as little as 19 hours compared to reference methods which require up to three days.
VIDAS® is the world’s leading automated system for food-borne pathogen detection with tests for Escherichia coli O157 (Including H7), Salmonella, Listeria sp., Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus enterotoxins and Campylobacter. VIDAS® and its compact version, miniVIDAS®, are multi-parametric systems using ELFA (Enzyme Linked Fluorescent Assay) technology, and based on a ready-to-use single-sample test concept.
About bioMérieux Food Safety
bioMérieux has been a global leader in providing innovative solutions to address food safety testing issues for more than 20 years. bioMérieux’s food safety focus encompasses prevention, detection, and quality assurance. The company offers extensive global resources and local expertise in microbiology and food safety, driven by cutting-edge research and science to bring powerful new tools to the food industry. bioMérieux’s food testing solutions, including prepared culture media, VIDAS®, TEMPO®, BacT/ALERT®, VITEK® 2 and DiversiLab® , reflect its commitment to improving public health through a safe and nutritious food supply accessible globally. To learn more about food safety and quality solutions from bioMérieux, visit www.biomerieux-industry.com.