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EURLs NGS conference postponed
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Message from our Italian colleague of the EURL E. coli ------------------------ Dear Colleague, I’m sure you all know about the situation in Italy with respect to the number of cases of COVID-19 infections, and the recent news of the spreading of cases to other European countries also adds to the  general uncertainty. Actually, at the moment, Rome is not concerned by the public health emergency, but the situation is fluid and we cannot predict what will happen by March...
Update on IRMM-359 CRM for staphylococcal enterotoxins
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We are pleased to transmit you an update from EC/JRC regarding the 3 Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) on SEA in cheese powder (IRMM-359a-c). Their certificates have now been updated with ELISA-based quantitative values derived from a collaboration with our laboratory, in particular. These values have been included in the section "additional material information" of the certificates. A short reference to this work was added to the certification report (addendum in page...
EN ISO 19020 officially replaces ESM v5 for Enterotoxin detection
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We are pleased to announce you that Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/229 of 7 February 2019, amending EC Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs, has been published on 8 February 2019. It modifies in particular: Article 5 on the conditions of validation/certification of alternative methods; Reference methods in Annex II further to the EC Mandate to CEN. In particular, in criterion 1.21, the method to detect staphylococcal enterotoxins (SE) in...
Meeting of EURLs Drafting Group for a guidance document on PTs organised by NRLs
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Bertrand LOMBARD organised on 13 December the 2nd web-meeting of a working group preparing a guidance document on the organisation of proficiency tests (PTs) by NRLs for the national networks of official laboratories they coordinate. This EURLs working group is composed of representatives from EURLs Salmonella, Campylobacter, VTEC, Listeria monocytogenes and Coagulase Positive Staphylococci, The draft is based on a EURL Listeria monocytogenes document dealing with partial outsourcing of...
Training session on ESM and EN ISO19020
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Yacine NIA and Isabelle MUTEL organised a training session held in our permises in Maisons-Alfort (FR) on 11-12 December 2018. This training session was dedicated to the detection of Staphylococcal Enterotoxins according to the European Screening method and the new EN ISO 19020. NRLs Participants : Ivana IVANOVIC - Agroscope of Switzerland; Thorsten BLUME - SpiezLab of Switzerland; Marina DOUKA - Department of Food Hygiene of Athens of Greece.
22nd meeting of WG 3 on Method validation
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Bertrand LOMBARD participated virtually (teleconference) to a part of the last meeting of the Working Group 3 on method validation of the subcommitte ISO/TC 34/SC 9 “Food products-Microbiology”. It took place on 4-6 December 2018 at Sciensano (BE-NRL for Listeria monocytogenes & coagulase positive staphylococci, Brussels). WG 3 is in charge of developing the series EN ISO 16140 on method validation/verification in food chain microbiology. This meeting was mainly...
Meeting of WG 2 Statistics of ISO/TC 34/SC9 (18-19 October, 2018)
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Bertrand LOMBARD convened the 28th meeting of WG 2 Statistics of ISO/TC 34/SC 9 "Food products-Microbiology", held at Campden BRI, Campden UK, on 18-19 October. The main topic on the agenda was the revision of ISO/TS 19036, dealing with measurement uncertainty for quantitative determinations. This project is led by Basi JARVIS (Project Leader), Keith JEWEL and Paul IN'T VELD (co-Project Leaders). More precisely, WG 2 has given a follow-up to the ISO/CEN vote on ISO/DIS 19036...
Marie-Christine Salvi is back
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We hope your summer period is going on nicely, with some time to rest! We are pleased to inform you that Marie-Christine SALVI is back to Anses since mid-July, with now a long-term contract.  She is in particular back in the EURL CPS & Lm teams, in charge of administrative and financial aspects. She is doing her best to proceed as soon as possible with the reimbursement of eligible participants to the 2018 workshops and training courses.
Euroreference issue 2 is online
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Euroreference is about reference activities dedicated to animal health, plant health and food and water safety. Now 16 other european organisations are co-edtiting it. link to read it