Biotech Wins Breakthrough AOAC Certification For Listeria Detection

Invisible Sentinel Inc., a life-sciences company that develops rapid diagnostics for the detection of foodborne pathogens, announced this week that its first-in-class rapid diagnostic for the detection of Listeria species received certification from the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

The Company’s Veriflow Listeria species assay (Veriflow LS) has been approved to detect bacterial contamination by Listeria species in various food types, including ready-to-eat foods, deli meat, and dairy products, and on various surfaces with which food is in contact during preparation and packaging.

“This approval not only broadens our Veriflow portfolio but also enables a far larger segment of the food and beverage industry to benefit from the advantages of our technology," said Nick Siciliano, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Invisible Sentinel. "The range of species detected by Veriflow LS demonstrates the reach of this technology along with its convenience.”

The AOAC is a global standardization organization that validates analytical test methods for the food industry. The AOAC Performance Tested MethodsSM designation is recognized by the US Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and global regulatory agencies. Listeria species testing accounts for greater than 40 percent of the total volume of food-pathogen testing in the U.S.

“Veriflow LS has been highly rated by our clients during the field testing of this assay which we have conducted over the past year," said Ben Pascal, co-founder and Chief Business Officer of Invisible Sentinel. "Like other diagnostics in our growing Veriflow product line, Veriflow LS features accessibility and simplicity not typically associated with other molecular technologies.”

With the certification of Veriflow LS, Invisible Sentinel has now achieved AOAC approvals for three different assays designed to protect against illness due to contaminated food, including the Veriflow Campylobacter assay and Veriflow Listeria monocytogenes assay that received approvals last year.

Invisible Sentinel anticipates AOAC approval of a fourth product in the Veriflow product line, the Veriflow Salmonella species assay (Veriflow SS), in the coming weeks.