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New NordVal International certificates Dec 2021

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NordVal International Certificate 033 issued issued to Nissui Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd for CompactDry TC has been renewed. The method is a ready-to-use dry chromogenic plate for enumeration of total count. The method has been tested on enumeration of total viable organisms in a broad range of foods, pet food and primary production samples.

NordVal International Certificate 039 issued to Qualicon Diagnostics for BAX® System Real-Time PCR Assay Campylobacter jejuni/coli/lari has been renewed. The method is a direct method without enrichment step and with ready to use tubes for the BAX instrument. The method is applicable for detection of Campylobacter jejuni, coli and lari in poultry faeces on cloacae swabs.

  • NordVal International Certificate 039 for "BAX® System Real-Time PCR Assay Campylobacter jejuni/coli/lari "

NordVal International Certificate 020 issued to Bio-Rad for RAPID’E.coli 2 Agar has been renewed. The method describes ready-to-use selective and chromogenic plates, which inhibits growth of Gram-positive bacteria and of the principal Gram-negative bacteria other than Enterobacteriacae. The method is applicable for detection of E. coli in a broad range of foods.

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Eurachem and NMKL sign Memorandum of Understanding

Aug 2021

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Eurachem and NMKL are pleased to announce that on 16 August 2021, Vicki Barwick (Eurachem Chair) and Eystein Oveland (NMKL Secretary General) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the aim of fostering closer links and providing opportunities for collaboration between the two organisations.

NMKL (Nordic Committee on Food Analysis), established in 1947, is a network of experts in food analysis from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The network provides reliable methods and develops guidelines for laboratories and users of analytical results, organises workshops and promotes Nordic food methodology interests internationally. Since 2007, NMKL has also offered NordVal International certification of alternative microbiological and chemical methods.

Eurachem, established in 1989, provides a focus for analytical chemistry and quality related issues in Europe. The network gives a forum for European laboratories and other organisations to promote the adoption of common principles of valid analytical measurement, and to collaborate on the development of guidelines supporting good quality practices.

The MoU provides a framework for future collaboration, with a view to optimising resources to ensure maximum benefit for both organisation’s members and the wider analytical community.

Vicki Barwick, Chair, Eurachem, said, “Given the common aims of Eurachem and NMKL I am pleased to formalise the relationship between the two networks which I am sure will bring great benefits in the area of analytical quality assurance. On behalf of the Eurachem network, I look forward to close collaboration in the future.”

Eystein Oveland, Secretary General, NMKL, said, “I can foresee a mutual benefit of this MoU with respect to work ongoing in the NMKL chemistry expert committee and validation processes of analytical methods and procedures. On behalf of NMKL, I am grateful for this collaboration with Eurachem and hope it will provide added value for the analytical chemistry community.”

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New NordVal International certificates June 2021

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Two NordVal International Certificates issued to Hyserve have been renewed from June 2021: NordVal International Certificate 042 "Compact Dry X-SA Method for the Enumeration of Staphylococcus aureus in Foods" and NordVal International Certificate 043 ”Compact Dry YM Method for the Enumeration of Yeasts and Moulds in foods”. Compact Dry are ready-to-use dry media sheets comprising culture medium and a cold-soluble gelling agent, rehydrated by inoculating 1 ml diluted sample into the centre of the self-diffusible medium. The Compact Dry X-SA and the Compact Dry YM methods both contain chromogenic medium and selective agents for the detection and enumeration of Staphylococcus aureus or yeast and mould, respectively.

NordVal International Certificate 017 "Campylobacter real-time PCR” issued to Eurofins Milk Testing, has been renewed from June 2021. This real time PCR method is applicable for the detection of the human pathogenic thermotolerant Campylobacters  (C. jejuni, C. coli and C. lari) in chicken raw meat, cloacae swabs and faecal samples collected on disposable shoe covers in rearing houses.

  • NordVal International Certificate 017 for ”Campylobacter real-time PCR”

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NMKL 67: Presumptive Bacillus cereus. Determination in foods. 8th Ed. 2021

April 2021

We are happy to announce that the 8th edition of NMKL method No. 67 now has been published. In the 8th edition, the title of the method is changed back to “Presumptive Bacillus cereus. Determination in foods.”, and errors from the 7th edition are corrected. In the 8th edition, it is still possible to use blood agar in parallel with selective agar, especially, when low counts are expected.

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"NMKL 67, 7th Ed. Bacillus cereus group" is withdrawn

17. Dec 2020

Unfortunately, NMKL has decided to withdraw the method “NMKL 67, 7th Ed. 2020 Bacillus cereus group”. We urge customers to use the 6th Ed. until the 7th Ed. has been revised and re-published early 2021.

NMKL acknowledges that a clarification concerning reporting results as ‘Bacillus cereus group’ is needed and that there are discrepancies between the Norwegian/Scandinavian and the English text. If the 7th Ed. has already been applied, please express results as ‘presumptive Bacillus cereus’. There are no known issues with technical performance of the method.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and thank our observant customers for constructive feedback.

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New NordVal International certificates OCT-NOV 2021

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NordVal International Certificate 048 "LactoSens®R and LactoSens®R for NOLA™ Fit” issued to DirectSens GmbH, has been extended and renewed. The certificate was extended to include determination of the lactose levels in bifido bacterial lactase (e.g. NOLA™ Fit) treated milk, cream and yoghurt samples using the LactoSens®R for NOLA™ Fit Biosensor Assay Kit.

  • NordVal International Certificate 048 for “LactoSens®R and LactoSens®R for NOLA™ Fit"

NordVal International Certificate 025 "foodproof® Listeria monocytogenes Detection LyoKit - 5’Nuclease” issued to BIOTECON Diagnostics GmbH has been extended and renewed. The method was expanded to choosing between three different enrichment/ DNA extraction protocols. The new protocols were 1) lyophilized version of the PCR kit foodproof®Listeria monocytogenes Detection LyoKit and 2) the enrichment in Actero Listeria Enrichment Media.

  • NordVal International Certificate 025 for “foodproof® Listeria monocytogenes Detection LyoKit - 5’Nuclease”

A new NordVal International Certificate 054 " foodproof® Listeria plus L. monocytogenes Detection LyoKit - 5’Nuclease” issued to BIOTECON Diagnostics GmbH has been published. It has been satisfactorily demonstrated that the results of the validations document that the alternative method performs equivalently to the reference method for the detection of Listeria spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in food products and production environmental samples. Three enrichment / DNA extraction protocols were approved: foodproof® StarPrep Two Kit Standard, foodproof® StarPrep Two Kit Rapid and the foodproof® StarPrep Two 8-Strip Kit.

  • NordVal International Certificate 054 "foodproof® Listeria plus L. monocytogenes Detection LyoKit - 5’Nuclease”

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New NordVal International certificate August 2021

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NordVal International Certificate 046 "Salmonella Velox” issued to DNA Diagnostic A/S, has been extended and renewed. The alternative method “Salmonella Velox spp.” rapid qPCR test was extended by environmental and primary production samples. Sensitivity study and selectivity studies were also carried out for “Salmonella Velox SE+ST”, a rapid qPCR test for detection of S. Enteritidis and S. Typhimurium, and compared to the reference method. For the detection study, the “Salmonella Velox SE+ST” was compared to the qPCR CT curves of “Salmonella Velox spp.”. The method “Salmonella Velox spp. and Salmonella Velox SE + ST” is validated for raw meat, poultry and fishery products as well as ready-to-cook, ready-to-reheat and ready-to-eat meat, on swabs performed on raw food samples and in environmental and primary production samples.

  • NordVal International Certificate 046 for “Salmonella Velox spp. and Salmonella Velox SE + ST

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Our newsletter is now in a new format

May 2021

NMKL newsletter No. 104 of May 2021 is finally published. The newsletter in a new and modern format opens in your web browser by clicking the following hyperlink:

NMKL News No. 104 

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Nordic interpretation of the Control Regulation

Feb 2021

The Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 has been replaced by the Regulation (EU) 2017/625. Thus, NMKL has revised the Nordic standard document from 2009 for a Nordic interpretation of the Control Regulation regarding National Reference Laboratories and Official Laboratories. Please cite NMKL when referring to the revised document which is freely available here:

Nordic interpretation of OCR on laboratory aspects NMKL Feb 2021

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New payment solution for purchasing publications

Dec 2020

Purchasing publications from NMKL is now easier and more efficient:

  • choose publication(s)
  • go to webshop and complete the order by paying with credit card
  • download the publication directly from the website

Please consult our price list for prices and payment terms.

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