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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New NordVal International Certificates

Salmonella Velox (NordVal 046)

Salmonella Velox has been extensively validated by an expert laboratory and collaboratively validated by 8 laboratories. NordVal International has approved and certified the method. Salmonella Velox is a rapid test that can be carried out within 5.5 hours. The method includes description of an enrichment step, a DNA extraction step, a qPCR step and how to interpret the results.
See the certificate here.


TRANSIA® PLATE Listeria (NordVal 002)

The certificate for TRANSIA® PLATE Listeria from Biocontrol is renewed. The TRANSIA® PLATE Listeria is an ELISA method, tested for detection of Listeria in foods and environmental samples. See the certificate here.


The general secretariat of NMKL has moved to Denmark

As from 1 September 2016 the general secretariat of NMKL has moved from the Norwegian Veterinary Institute to the Technical University of Denmark. A big thank you to Hilde Skår Norli, the former general secretary, and Nina Bakkelund, the former secretary, for their huge efforts during the past years! Nina Skall Nielsen is the new general secretary and Kirsten Becker Hansen the new secretary. Please note: new address!


New issue of NMKL Newsletter

In NMKL Newsletter No. 93 you can read about

- Authorisation of using NMKL methods according to Microbiological Criteria

- New guide in verification of microbiological methods

- The next NMKL Secretary General

- Upcoming events; seminar on molecular methods, international symposium on new trends for multi-component analysis and workshop regarding NRL

- New protocol for the validation of alternative methods

- New rapid method for the detection of Salmonella, only 5.5 hours

See the Newsletter here


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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