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Precise DNA Based tests will combat fish fraud by producing results in less than two hours

  • Food Fraud
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BALTIMORE, MD– April 9, 2014 – InstantLabs® announced today that the company has entered into an agreement with the University of Guelph to co-develop a portfolio of DNA-based seafood species identification tests to combat marketplace seafood fraud by providing rapid, definitive proof that seafood is correctly labeled. InstantLabs plans to launch the kits within four…

From the Mail Bag: What is Point of Need?

  • Food Safety

Imagine getting food safety test results where you need them and when you need them. Point-of-need testing means running tests at or near the facility where the products are produced. It provides a number of advantages to the producer. First and foremost, test results are available much sooner since time isn’t wasted transporting samples to a distant testing facility. You can confidently ship products faster because you’ll have the results available sooner.

Instantlabs offers full suite of AOAC certified test kits covering all major food pathogens

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BALTIMORE, MD– Feb. 12, 2014 – InstantLabs® announced today that the company has completed AOAC certifications for Food Safety Kits designed to detect the most important food pathogens — Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria species and Listeria monocytogenes. The AOAC’s certification of InstantLabs Food Safety Kit for E. coli O157 (including H7), was awarded on…

Tailgating with the Hunter® Real-Time PCR Instrument

  • Food Fraud

A customer recently asked if real-time PCR testing can be done in the field or in areas with limited resources? Yes! The Hunter® instrument is designed to be used at the point-of-need, even if the point-of-need is the back of a truck. Recently we loaded up my SUV and went out into the field to show how this could be done.

In the Lab: Testing Out a New Sterilizer

  • Food Safety

We are often asked by firms starting a new lab if they need a large expensive autoclave, so when our autoclave at InstantLabs began acting up, it created an opportunity to test a new approach. After doing our research we decided to try a simple and relatively inexpensive sterilizer to see if it could replace a more traditional autoclave. We wanted to see if this relatively inexpensive unit could be a good fit for smaller laboratories or for firms setting up new labs with limited budgets.

From the Mail Bag: Cleaning your Workspace

  • Food Safety

It may sound banal, but a major part of maintaining a microbiology lab means keeping it clean. When it comes to maintaining good laboratory practices, it’s a good idea to follow a few rules of thumb.

Traditional Culture Methods or PCR: Which is Right for You?

  • Food Safety

Today’s food safety microbiologists and quality control managers have their pick of technologies to perform bacterial testing. From culture plates to immunoassays to PCR and Real-Time PCR, there is a wide range of test types to choose from. This post will compare the two most accurate methods: traditional culture methods and Real-Time PCR. Which one is right for you?

Rapid, Point-of-Need Molecular Testing for Listeria Species is now available for both Environmental and Food Matrices

  • Food Safety
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Baltimore, MD – May 1, 2013 – InstantLabs Medical Diagnostics Corporation (InstantLabs®), developer of the portable Hunter® Accelerated Real-Time PCR system, today announced that its Listeria Species Food Safety Kit has received AOAC Performance Tested MethodsSM certification (PTM #041304) for environmental and food matrices. The Hunter® system is a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) platform…

Point-of-need DNA testing for horse meat will be available in less than three months

  • Food Fraud
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Baltimore, MD – February 26, 2013 – InstantLabs, developer of the portable Hunter®Accelerated Real-Time PCR® system, announced today that it is developing an Equine Food Verification Test Kit that will allow food processors and importers to quickly and confidently test for horse meat (and related species such as donkey) at the point-of-need. InstantLabs’ Equine Verification…

Assay Enables Point-of-Need Salmonella Testing on Hunter Accelerated‐PCR System

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Baltimore, MD – April 3, 2012 – InstantLabs Medical Diagnostics Corporation (InstantLabs®), developer of the portable Hunter Accelerated Real-Time PCR® system, today announced that its Salmonella Species Food Safety Kit has been certified as Performance-Tested MethodsSM (PTM) No. 031202 by the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI). The award follows independent laboratory studies conducted by Food Safety…