Centre of Veterinary Medicine develops quick test for prohibited materials
//20 Jan 2010
The Office of Research (OR) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) recently developed a new method for testing animal feed for prohibited materials that may spread the agent thought to cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The method relies on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and can detect processed materials from cattle, sheep, and goats, as well as a select set of processed materials from chickens, turkeys, and geese in less than 2.5 hours. The method can also detect animal materials that have been processed in both North America and the European Union (EU). The processing conditions in the E.U. are very different from those in North America, resulting in meat-and-bone meals with different characteristics.
This method will become the FDA’s “one-stop shop” for testing animal feed. It will replace feed microscopy as the FDA’s method of choice for screening animal feed for prohibited materials
Article obtained from Vetsweb.com News