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Validation and Verification of Microbiological Methods in the Food Laboratory: Tales from the Trenches

Thursday, August 28 at 2-3pm Eastern


Food labs are often faced with a unique set of challenges when choosing and validating methods for use in their laboratory. With multiple clients, regulatory agencies and sample types to account for, this can be a daunting process. In order to accommodate all of these factors, the use of multiple rapid methods is often required to meet the needs of each client and sample type. Once the decision has been made to utilize multiple methods, the next critical step is validation. Many laboratories have accepted performance claims from internationally accepted certifying bodies such as AOAC, AFNOR or MicroVal or current literature. It should, however, never be assumed that a method will perform as claimed in every laboratory and for every sample matrix for which it will be used. Additionally, it is vitally important to establish that the methods that are used in the laboratory are performed properly and with a high degree of confidence.

This webinar will focus on the following:

  • Factors Influencing Fit-for-Purpose of a methods
  • Considerations for meeting client needs
  • Impact of validated methods on ISO/IEC 17025 requirements
  • Real life examples of how method validations can be conducted in the independent laboratory will be presented

FEATURING
Erin Crowley
Microbiology Research and Develeopment Supervisor, Q Laboratories, Inc.
Erin Crowley has been the Microbiology Research and Development Supervisor at Q Laboratories, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2006. For the past 8 years, Erin and her R&D team have served as an independent third-party laboratory with a primary focus on providing high quality method validation for microbiological rapid detection methods. These validations include Independent laboratory evaluations for pathogen detection, qualitative methods and confirmatory biochemical assays for AOAC Official Methods of Analysis, AOAC Research Institute Performance Tested Methods Program and MicroVal. In addition to being an active member of the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) and AOAC, Erin currently serves as Vice-Chair of the AOAC Official Methods Board and ISPAM Fresh Produce Initiative Chair of the SMPR Working Group on Salmonella in Leafy Greens. Erin earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and an M.A. in Clinical Developmental Psychology from Tufts University in Medford, MA.
 

Moderated by
Barbara Van Renterghem

Editorial Director, Food Safety Magazine

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Reliable results in food safety testing depend equally on highly efficient sample preparation and sensitive and accurate analysis of sample DNA. Automated solutions provide high process safety and standardization, as well as minimized hands-on time and faster time-to-result. This webinar focuses on an innovative one-for-all DNA sample preparation and detection solution from food pathogen cultures. Data from the Salmonella spp. and Listeria spp. AOAC-RI PTM studies will be discussed.
 
Learn more about:

  • Overcoming challenges of sample preparation for food pathogen detection
  • Achieving optimal bacterial detection in complex food matrices and environmental samples using a single comprehensive, standardized workflow from sample to assay
  • Use of AOAC-RI PTM-validated purification and detection workflows


FEATURING
Dr. Marcia Armstrong
Global Scientific Affairs Manager, Food Safety Testing, Qiagen
Dr. Armstrong obtained her doctorate in nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health. After a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Gastroenterology Department at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has been with QIAGEN for 20 years and is currently Global Scientific Affairs Manager with the food safety testing team.

Moderated by
Barbara Van Renterghem

Editorial Director, Food Safety Magazine

Sponsored by


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