Andy Moreno, host of the popular AME Food Testing Show interviewed American Proficiency Institute’s (API) Food Technical Specialist, Christopher Snabes, BS, MS, CFS, regarding the API proficiency testing study on the accuracy of non-O157:H7 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli testing. The radio program is available for listening at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2014/09/24/api-study-on-the-accuracy-of-non-o157h7-shiga-toxin-producing-e-coli-testing
The interview discussed the technical aspects of non-O157:H7 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) testing. Mr. Moreno also asked why the test was important to food producers. “The last thing a food producer wants to do is make their customers sick,” explained Snabes. “Food producers do their due diligence in protecting the consumer when they perform the non-O157 STEC analysis.”
Snabes further noted, “Laboratories can measure the accuracy of their results by enrolling in an accredited STEC proficiency testing program.”
“While the food industry is aware of the impact of STECs, some companies choose not to test until mandated to do so,” added Snabes.