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FoodChek Systems Inc. ("FoodChek") (formerly Vacci-Test Corporation) is pleased to announce that the AOAC Research Institute, the approval body for all U.S. food safety tests, has approved a modification to its existing FoodChek™-E. coli O157 test for a 25g sample to that of the industry-standard sample size of 375g for detecting E. coli O157 in raw ground beef. This extended AOAC approval also includes the 65g and 325g composited sample sizes.
FoodChek™-E. coli O157 continues to demonstrate superior sensitivity to the USDA's zero-tolerance requirement by detecting 1 colony-forming unit in a 375g sample of ground beef. With the larger 375g sample size, FoodChek has once again proven that its test is fast and accurate, yet simple and cost-effective for detecting E. coli O157 in less than 8 hours (including enrichment time).
William J. Hogan, President & CEO, stated "The AOAC's 375g ground beef sample approval for FoodChek™-E. coli O157 provides meat processors significant operational benefits including the ability to improve on 'Process Control' issues and allow same-shift product release, thereby eliminating expensive holding costs. The superior speed and accuracy of our E. coli O157 test will enable meat processors to achieve their goal of detecting the pathogen in raw material and finished products, if it is there."
This information release may contain certain forward-looking information. Such information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those implied by statements herein, and therefore these statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. All forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to it as well as other factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Due to risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties identified by the Company in its private filings, actual events may differ materially from current expectations. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
FoodChek specializes in the development of advanced state of the art food safety testing. FoodChek utilizes its revolutionary proprietary magnetic nanotechnology for the fast, accurate and simple yet cost-effective detection of food-borne pathogens. FoodChek™-E. coli O157 is an AOAC-approved Performance Tested Method (Certificate #060902).
The AOAC Research Institute, a subsidiary of AOAC International (www.aoac.org), is an independent non-profit corporation whose stated purpose is to promote and carry out activities related to the development, improvement, and understanding of analytical practices and procedures affecting public health and welfare.
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FoodChek Systems Inc.
William J. Hogan
President & CEO
FoodChek Systems Inc.
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