Roka Bioscience, Inc. has received the prestigious AOAC Performance Tested MethodsSM certification from the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI) for an 18 to 24-hour Listeria spp. enrichment using FoodChek Systems’ ActeroTM ELITE Listeria Enrichment Media (“Actero™ Listeria Media”) for environmental samples.

The Atlas® Listeria Environmental Detection Assay is now approved for the detection of Listeria spp. from environmental surfaces (stainless steel grade 316, plastic (PVC), and sealed concrete) after an 18 to 24-hour enrichment. Independent laboratory study testing was conducted by Q Laboratories, Inc., as part of the AOAC-RI independent third-party evaluation and validation processes.

“Actero™ Listeria Media’s faster enrichment times not only provide more flexibility for the laboratory but also enable companies to have a more rapid response to environmental Listeria. With the increase in regulation and FDA swabathons, Listeria environmental control has become paramount to the food processors. The Atlas® System in combination with Actero™ Listeria Media enable companies to have better control of their food safety programs,” says Dr. Erin Dreyling, Roka’s vice president, Research & Scientific Affairs.

William Hogan, president and CEO of FoodChek stated, “We are pleased and proud to be partnered with Roka in their outstanding AOAC PTM Certification. Together, the Atlas® System and Actero™ Listeria Media have lifted the bar to new standards for Listeria testing in speed, accuracy and cost-effectiveness. This will give all processors and food safety laboratory facilities significant technical and economic bottom line benefits”.