Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agricultures (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in cooperation with the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration, (FDA) declared a major acceleration in the nations BSE testing program. In this announcement, CAHFS and a limited number of other regional analytical laboratories were certified to perform accelerated BSE testing. Within two months of this announcement, the participating laboratories were required to be able to begin testing some 268,000 animals for BSE.
When CAHFS was chosen as one of the testing laboratories for the new BSE surveillance program, we quickly decided to partner with a LIMS provider that could meet our increased needs for data integration and interoperability, said Jay Ross, IT Manager at CAHFS, UC Davis. In addition, CAHFS required a LIMS system that would compliment the need to implement a very streamlined and efficient laboratory. By working with STARLIMS we have been able to implement a fully functional LIMS system, within very tight time parameters.
The STARLIMS solution at CAHFS was established within the designated time frame of two months. STARLIMS receives samples submitted by USDA personnel from sampling facilities and slaughterhouses. The accepted samples are identified and tracked in STARLIMS, rapid ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) tests are scheduled and results are imported directly from the plate readers. For positive samples, confirmation tests are scheduled and samples are shipped to USDAs National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. All results are reported according to USDA and CAHFS standards in electronic form, using XML files, faxes or e-mails in accordance with the requirements of the receiving parties.
About California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab System (CAHFS), UC Davis
Our mission is to provide the citizens of California with the highest quality diagnostic laboratory support service for: Livestock and poultry disease control, Enhancement of livestock and poultry health management, Ensuring the safety of foods of animal origin, Protection from diseases common to animals and humans, Equine health and performance and the Recognition and dissemination of new knowledge. http://cahfs.ucdavis.edu/
About STARLIMS Corporation
Selected as the #1 global LIMS provider STARLIMS Corporation delivers cost effective, easy-to-use collaborative LIMS solutions to organizations in the public health, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, forensics, food & beverage, environmental and chemical industries. The STARLIMS full featured, flexible, multilingual laboratory information management system provides complete traceability leading to regulatory compliance, without compromising process versatility. The companys 15-year track record together with STARLIMS' architecture have earned us recognition for "future proofing" our customers investments in internal know-how and for straightforward conversions of disparate legacy systems. For more information, please visit www.starlims.com