IDEXX SNAP Beta-Lactam ST Test Certified by the AOAC Research Institute Performance Tested Methods Program [Trade]

Independent testing confirms detection capability of penicillin G at or below 4 parts per billion

WESTBROOK, Maine, September 06, 2012—IDEXX announces that its innovative SNAP Beta-Lactam ST Test (certificate #061202) has been independently evaluated and certified by the AOAC Research Institute Performance Tested Methods Program. The SNAP Beta-Lactam ST Test was found to perform to IDEXX’s specifications for detection of penicillin G at or below the European Union maximum residue limit of 4 parts per billion.

The SNAP Beta-Lactam ST Test provides accurate, reliable detection of antibiotic residue in milk without the use of a heat block. Now with certification from the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI), milk processors, producers and haulers can use SNAP Beta-Lactam ST to test samples with even greater confidence.

“The AOAC Research Institute is working toward a vision of worldwide confidence in analytical results. We are honored that the SNAP Beta-Lactam ST Test has received its certificate of Performance Tested Methods Status,” says Travis Waldron, PhD, IDEXX Research Scientist.

“IDEXX is committed to quality, consistency, accuracy and efficiency in dairy testing,” adds Cathy Costa, IDEXX Regulatory Affairs Specialist. “AOAC-RI’s independent validation of our own findings for the SNAP Beta-Lactam ST Test is confirmation that we’re meeting those commitments for ourselves and our customers.”

Using the SNAP Beta-Lactam ST Test, an independent laboratory verified that the test kit is capable of detecting Penicillin G in multiple milk types with a detection level at or below 4 ppb. All unfortified milk samples gave negative results. All milk samples fortified with penicillin G gave positive results. In all cases, visual interpretation and reader results were in agreement and no false positives or false negatives were observed during the testing.

For more information about the SNAP Beta-Lactam ST Test, please contact your IDEXX sales representative, your local distributor or visit idexx.com/dairy.

About AOAC Research Institute
The AOAC Research Institute is a subsidiary of AOAC INTERNATIONAL. The AOAC Research Institute certifies commercially available rapid analytical test methods for use by food safety personnel. AOAC INTERNATIONAL is a globally recognized, independent, not-for-profit association founded in 1884. AOAC serves the analytical sciences community by providing validated methods and technical standards that give confidence in analytical results.

About IDEXX Laboratories Dairy Testing
IDEXX Dairy Testing manufactures and distributes the rugged, easy and accurate SNAP family of antibiotic residue tests, trusted by farmers and processors worldwide for more than 15 years. SNAP tests are manufactured in ISO 9001:2008-certified facilities and IDEXX Laboratories is a recognized member of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), International Dairy Federation (IDF), National Mastitis Council (NMC) and the Dairy Practices Council (DPC).

About IDEXX Laboratories
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. IDEXX products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency and to build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing livestock and poultry diagnostic tests and tests for the quality and safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX Laboratories employs more than 5,000 people and offers products to customers in over 100 countries.


Contact:

IDEXX Laboratories
Hannah Pearse
Marketing Manager, IDEXX Livestock, Poultry and Dairy
+00 44 7584 681 031
hannah-pearse@idexx.com