Standardized testing is frequently a topic of debate among educators, government officials and parents. Most communities have found that despite pitfalls and disadvantages, there are valuable reasons to benchmark students and schools. The same is true for food safety tests, typically called proficiency testing. Proficiency testing determines the performance of individual laboratories for specific tests or measurements. This testing can be used to monitor laboratories' continuing performance. Here are some factors to consider in your proficiency testing:
Clover Stornetta, a milk supplier based in northern California, recently adopted Sample6 DETECT in its Petaluma bottling plant. Originating in the early 1900s, Clover has always strived to produce high quality products based on the simple equation, happy cows = delicious, nutritious milk. With this in mind, Clover Stornetta works closely with farmers and producers at every step of the process to ensure the production of the cleanest and best tasting milk.
DETECT/L received the Performance Tested Method (PTM) certification by the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI) in April of 2014. That’s the first time an enrichment– free, in-shift pathogen test received this certification.
At Sample6, we are on a mission to make food safer. We are partnering with companies large and small, from all across the country, in all different product types. Innovative companies come in all shapes and sizes. This month’s customer success story is RLS Logistics. RLS Logistics is a premier third party logistics company based in New Jersey. Their focus is temperature-controlled logistics. Originally founded as a family mushroom farm in 1968, the business has transformed under three generations of the Leo Family. Over the years, the services have expanded to include trucking, warehousing, customized packaging, and national distribution. As the needs of their customers evolved, RLS added and expanded their business.
At Sample6, our mission is to provide food producers with a fast and reliable assay for pathogen detection. The Sample6 DETECT/L assay requires only a six-hour incubation, making it the first AOAC-certified, enrichment-free assay that can be performed start to finish in a single shift. However, this is just the first step. Under ideal conditions, with healthy cells, we are able to detect a single cell in one hour, but real world conditions present real challenges. Let’s walk through those challenges and talk a bit about what we are doing to address them:
Last month, the Sample6 DETECT/L listeria environmental assay was certified by the AOAC. DETECT/L is the first in-shift non-enrichment test that the AOAC has ever certified. To our customers, this is a critical milestone, required for the adoption of a new diagnostic. Our advisor, David Acheson of The Acheson Group, describes it as “the gold standard in validation for food safety diagnostics and indicates a high standard of product that users can have confidence in.”