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FoodChek Systems Inc. ("FoodChek" / "the Company") is pleased to announce that the AOAC Research Institute, the approval body for all U.S. food safety tests, has awarded another approved beef sample modification to the Company's existing AOAC approved FoodChek™-E. coli O157 test.
This extended AOAC approval for the N-60 Beef Trim sample is a USDA prescribed procedure for beef trim testing and compliments FoodChek's other AOAC milestone approvals including 25g, 65g, 325g and the industry-standard sample size of 375g for detecting E. coli O157 in raw ground beef.
The AOAC N-60 Beef Trim approval for FoodChek™-E. coli O157 further supports the Company's proprietary MICT magnetic technology platform as being a robust analytical method. FoodChek's suite of approved food safety tests provides meat processors with the ability to monitor and verify the effectiveness of their microbial interventions in less than 8 hours, including the enrichment time. As such, FoodChek™-E. coli O157 will provide processors with the fastest verification tool to divert trim that has tested positive for E. coli O157 from being used in the production of raw ground beef.
William J. Hogan, President & CEO, stated "AOAC approval of our FoodChek™-E. coli O157 test for N-60 Beef Trim is the validation that our target customers have been asking for. FoodChek's state of the art tests, that incorporate nanotechnology, are not only fast, accurate and simple, but also cost-effective for detecting E. coli O157 in raw ground beef and now in beef trim. This news is being well received by processors as trim testing is by far the largest tested sample matrix for beef production. From a risk management perspective, being able to confirm within the same production shift that products are safe to release will have an enormous impact on lowering costs and improving plant productivity for processors around the world."
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.
About FoodChek Systems
FoodChek specializes in the development of advanced state of the art food safety testing. FoodChek utilizes its revolutionary MICT proprietary magnetic nanotechnology for the fast and accurate, yet simple and 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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