New issue of NMKL Newsletter

See the NMKL Newsletter No. 92, April 2016 here containing info about: 

- Seminar on molecular methods
- Workshop on NRL

New NMKL Method
SALMONELLA Detection in foods, animal faeces and environmental samples from animal primary production by use of MSRV (NMKL 187, 2. Ed. 2016)

New NMKL Technical Report
Application of NIR(Near InfraRed spectro-scopy)in food and feed analysis (NMKL Technical Report No. 5, 2016)


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NRL Workshop

Aim of the workshop: To discuss the organisation of NRL, and the duties and requirements imposed by the current and the new Control Regulation 882 on NRL and food analyses.

Experiences from NRL - How fulfil the requirements and perform the tasks in an effective way? As the number of laboratories has decreased, and the scopes of the NRL are about to be widened, cooperation will be increasingly important. How can we facilitate Nordic cooperation and networking in these areas?

Date:  8 November 2016

Place:  Norwegian Veterinary Institute/ Norwegian Food Safety Authority, Oslo

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New Procedure is published

Control charts and control materials in internal quality
control in food chemical laboratories (NMKL Procedure No. 3,  2nd. Ed., 2016)

The procedure describes how control charts are constructed and interpreted, and the required properties of a control material.

Control charts are essential in the internal control in laboratories, and to meet the requirements of ISO / IEC 17025 in connection with detection of trends. Data from control charts can also be used in the estimation of measurement uncertainty.

This publication was annonced in the NMKL Newsletter No. 91, December 2015.


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It is becoming more and more common to use molecular methods (DNA methods) for the detection and characterisation of various agents, such as PCR, pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole-genome sequencing. What do these methods entail? What is detected by PCR and what is the reason for the focus on whole-genome sequencing? Are there any challenges with the application of this type of methodology? How are we going to use this methodology and technology in the future? The seminar will deal with the use of molecular methods from a practical point of view, focusing on foodborne bacteria in the context of both food control and research. The aim of the seminar is to discuss the background of the methodology (technology), practical uses and challenges, and future applications.

Date: 25 August 2016

Place: Stratos Culture and Event, Youngstorget 2a, Oslo

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Application of NIR (Near InfraRed spectroscopy) in food and feed analysis (NMKL Technical Report No. 5, 2016)

The report is now available under Publications.

This report is aimed at the industry and other interested parties considering a possible investment in NIRtechnique. It focusses on a few key issues that have to be addressed in the process of making this decision. The report does not cover detailed descriptions on how to use the technique, but rather on which questions that ask when introducing NIR in a new field of application. All instruments come with more or less advanced software packages for calibration and validation. The NMKL report points out important issues to be considered and dealt with.

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