|[May 04, 2012]
Pall GeneDisc® Plates for Listeria Testing Granted AOAC Certification
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--
Corporation (NYSE: PLL) announced today that its GeneDisc®
assays for Listeria have received Performance Tested Methods
(PTM) Certification from the AOAC
Research Institute, one of the world's leading standards
organizations. The certification means food companies now have an
independently validated, extremely fast and easy-to-use food-borne
pathogen detection option to help ensure the safety of their products.
Pall GeneDisc Plate (Photo: Business Wire)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports around 1,600 U.S.
cases of Listeriosis annually. Caused by Listeria
monocytogenes, a widely spread bacterial foodborne pathogen,
Listeriosis can cause severe illness and even death. Symptoms can
include upset stomach and flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache,
nausea, and vomiting. U.S. regulatory agencies have a "zero tolerance"
policy for Listeria monocytogenes contamination of ready-to-eat
food products, requesting recall of such products t any detectable
level of Listeria monocytogenes.
Pall's Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR (News - Alert))-based GeneDisc technology allows
multiparametric assays for food-borne pathogen detection. The system and
test procedure yields consistently repeatable results and virtually
eliminates operator error. A unique real time PCR test, the GeneDisc Listeria
identification plate allows food safety laboratories, for the first
time, to have Listeria species identification within one hour.
Routine biochemical tests typically take 24 hours.
"This Listeria species identification assay enables the food
industry to access highly specific and extremely rapid methods for their
quality control tasks," stated Jonathan Pratt, President Pall Food and
During this independent third-party validation, Pall GeneDisc assays,
for Listeria spp and Listeria monocytogenes, as well as
the combined assay, Listeria DUO, received AOAC-PTM certification
for a variety of foods and environmental surfaces.
"These Listeria certifications represent a major step forward for
our food industry partners who can enhance their routine testing for
food-borne pathogens," added Jonathan Pratt. "Consider the recent Listeria
cantaloupe recall in late 2011. Noted as one of the deadliest U.S.
outbreaks of food-related illness in over 10 years, it claimed the lives
of 30 people and caused illness in over 100 others. There is a clear
need for fast and reliable assays in food-borne pathogen monitoring.
Pall continues to work hard to deliver on these expectations."
Pall Food and Beverage is the global leader in filtration, separation
and quality assurance solutions for the food and beverage market. It
serves the needs of the beer, wine, spirits, dairy, soft drink, bottled
water, enzymes, food ingredients and associated industries. Pall's
solutions help to ensure product quality and protect consumers while
lowering operating costs and minimizing waste.
About Pall Corporation
Pall Corporation (NYSE:
PLL) is a filtration, separation and purification leader providing
solutions to meet the critical fluid management needs of customers
across the broad spectrum of life sciences and industry. Pall works with
customers to advance health, safety and environmentally responsible
technologies. The Company's engineered products enable process and
product innovation and minimize emissions and waste. Pall Corporation,
with total revenues of $2.7 billion for fiscal year 2011, is an S&P 500
company with almost 11,000 employees serving customers worldwide. Pall
has been named a "top green company" by Newsweek magazine. To see
how Pall is helping enable a greener, safer, more sustainable future,
follow us on Twitter (News - Alert) @PallCorporation
or visit www.pall.com/green.
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