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Technical meeting on confirmatory ELISA with DE-NRL

Published on 18/01/2019

Yacine NIA from EURL CPS and Kati MIELKE from BfR (DE NRL) organised on 6th September a technical meeting on the confirmatory ELISA for Staphylococcal Enterotoxins in food matrices.

EFSA-ECDC 2017 Annual Report

Published on 20/12/2018

EFSA and ECDC have just published the European Union summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and food-borne outbreaks in 2017: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/181212. In the chapter on food-borne outbreaks (Chapter 16, p. 209-250), data on FBOs due to bacterial toxins, including staphylococcal enterotoxins, can be found. In addition, a sub-chapter (17.2, p. 251-252) is dedicated to staphylococcal enterotoxins, being a microbiological contaminant covered by a food safety criterion in EC Regulation 2073/2005.

Workshop of the Italian NRL for Official Control Italian Laboratories in Torino (15 November)

Published on 19/12/2018

Déborah MERDA was invited by the Italian NRL, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte (IZSTo), to attend its annual workshop for their National official control laboratories (OCL). The Italian NRL presented different PTs performed along 2018. The OCL presented their recent staphylococcal food poisoning outbreaks and their research project. The purpose of the attendance of Déborah MERDA was to present the EURL for CPS work on WGS and real time PCR method. These 2 methods aroused enthousiasm among the laboratories, some were even willing to implement them in their laboratory.  

Training on the detection of staphylococcal enterotoxin genes by multiplex real-time PCR (15-16 November)

Published on 17/12/2018

Alexandra CAUQUIL & Noémie VINGADASSALON organised a training session held at the EURL for CPS Maisons-Alfort (FR) on 15-16 November. This training session was dedicated to the detection of se genes in CPS strains by real-time PCR for 3 NLRs (LV, IS & MK). Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment "BIOR" of Latvia (Lasma EGLITE), Matis ohf of Iceland (Anna Pala VIGNISDOTTIR), and Microbiology of food and feed of Macedonia (Marija RATKOVA).    

Meeting of WG 2 Statistics of ISO/TC 34/SC9 (18-19 October, 2018)

Published on 14/12/2018

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. This vote had a very positive outcome with 100% approvals but with many comments. All comments have been reviewed, a new draft is being prepared by WG 2 which will be then submitted to final vote in 2019. It is expected that the revised standard be published by the end of 2019. Other topics have been also dealt, including statistical aspects related to method validation/verification (EN ISO 16140 series), validation of calculation tools.

WG13 meeting on the revision of EN ISO 6888

Published on 03/12/2018

On 27 November 2018, Alexandra CAUQUIL, Project leader of the revision of EN ISO 6888 part 2, and Bertrand LOMBARD participated to the meeting of the Working Group 13 (of ISO/TC 34/SC 9) dedicated to the revision of 6888. After the publication of the 2nd Amendment of the 1st part in July 2018 concerning the optional confirmation by RPFA, the purpose of this meeting was the harmonisation of the 3 parts of the Standard Methods. At this stage the aim is to prepare the DIS for the 1st trimester 2019. Next meeting of the working group 13 will be on 11 December.  

Training in Cyprus on the detection of staphylococcal enterotoxin genes by multiplex real-time PCR (27-28 Sept)

Published on 24/10/2018

Alexandra CAUQUIL & Noémie VINGADASSALON organised a training session held in Cyprus on 27-28 September. This training session was dedicated to the detection of se genes in CPS strains by real-time PCR for 2 Cyprus NLRs : LCFAO of Cyprus (Marios Evangelou, Christina Kamilari, Elli Karavi, Christos Kourtis, Katiana Neophytou and Georgios Papageorgiou) SGL of Cyprus (Costas Arsenoglou and Maria Emmanouil)

Marie-Christine Salvi is back

Published on 21/08/2018

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.

New Standard Method for Staphylococcal Enterotoxin detection is published

Published on 21/07/2017

We would  like to announce an important news: the Standard EN ISO 19020 on detection of staphylococcal enterotoxins in food has been published by ISO and CEN, dated June 2017.

Publication of revised Regulation on official controls

Published on 03/05/2017

The revised EC Regulation 2017/625 of 15 March has been recently published at the Official Journal of EU: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/search.html?DTN=0625&SUBDOM_INIT=ALL_ALL&DTS_DOM=ALL&CASE_LAW_SUMMARY=false&type=advanced&DTS_SUBDOM=ALL_ALL&excConsLeg=true&typeOfActStatus=REGULATION&qid=1492088324112&DB_TYPE_OF_ACT=regulation&DTA=2017&locale=en This text is available in each official EU language.