Sample6 has announced the initiation of a multi-center Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, Center for Veterinary Medicine, and Winchester Engineering Analytical Center.

The CRADA’s goal is to test Sample6’s bacteriophage-powered, state of the art, in–shift Listeria pathogen testing detection system to validate an advanced cutting edge assay for simple, rapid and accurate detection in the environment and in foods. Furthermore the CRADA covers work on soon to be released products such as a suite of Salmonella assays for environmental and food product testing, and expanding Listeria to also cover food product testing.

Certified by the AOAC Performance Tested Method program, and adopted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service Approved Assay List for Pathogen Tests and plants across the country, Sample6 DETECT/L is the first in-plant, in-shift pathogen detection for Listeria spp. In fact, the company now helps ensure food safety at more than 30 plants in the U.S. and Canada, including leading ice cream, soy product, fresh produce, and consumer packaged meats suppliers.