Charm Sciences has announced a 5-year renewable contract award by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service to provide Charm KIS (Kidney Inhibition Swab) tests to USDA inspectors at slaughter facilities. The kits will screen for sulfonamides and antibiotic drugs under the National Residue Program.
FSIS will begin implementing the Charm KIS Test in phases starting with cattle, and eventually implement it for all livestock.
The Charm KIS Test rapidly screens broad spectrum antimicrobial drugs in both fresh and thawed tissue. The KIS test detects close to kidney tolerances for sulfonamides, beta-lactams, tetracyclines, aminoglycosides, macrolides, and lincosamides. The KIS test has been successfully applied to beef and pork kidney, poultry serum, water, feed extracts, and live animal urine samples.
"The USDA contract provides an important diagnostic and prevention program for the quality of U.S. beef and pork, and affirms Charm Sciences’ resolute commitment to a safe food supply," said Stanley Charm, Charm Sciences president. Testing can be performed in a farm, slaughter house or laboratory setting.