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The E.P.&T.A. Laboratories and Veterinary Diagnostics is the first of it’s kind in the field of Veterinary Diagnostics, food analysis and testing. It was established in 2002 and is officially licensed by the Competent Authorities of the Government of Cyprus. It is an SME organization with less than 50 employees.

It provides diagnostic services to farmers and veterinarians especially for zoonoses, animal diseases, and foodborne bacteria with importance for the public health and cooperates with Food Establishments in the field of the food safety and hygiene, in accordance with the EU regulations 2160/2003/EC, 852,853, 854/2004/EC, 882/2004/EC, 2073/2005 and 1441/2007.

The Laboratory participates also in Research Projects in the areas of Food Hygiene, Food Safety, Foodborne, Zoonotic and Animal diseases agents etc.

The Laboratory is Accredited with ISO 17025:2005 for Salmonella testing in Food, feet stuff and environmental samples.

 

A.                Diagnostic services and testing provided by E.P.&T.A. Laboratories

1.  Testing of samples for Diagnostic purposes

                  1.1.        Monitoring the Health of Pigs, Cattle, Sheep and Goat and Poultry for the presence of Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Enterititis and other pathogens of importance for Animal and Public Health. Culture from pathological materials for the detection and identification of pathogens and zoonotic agents. Biochemical testing, PCR, Immunofluorence for the detection and identification of zoonotic agents.

                  1.2.        Parasitological

                  1.3.        Microscopical

                  1.4.        Serological Examinations H.A, H.I, S.N.T, S.A.T, G.D.P.T, C.F.T, Elisa

                  1.5.        Antibiotic sensitivity testing of pathogens isolated

                  1.6.        Monitoring of bacteria for resistance to antibiotics

                  1.7.        Animal waste analysis (parasitological, biological, microbiological) for the detection of pathogens in manure, whey, animal by-products etc.

                  1.8.        Microbiological and Chemical Analysis of solids and liquid effluents from establishments processing animal by-products for Biogas – Electricity, Thermal Energy and fertilizers production.

2.  Food Testing for Safety and Hygiene

                  2.1.        Bacteriological and Physicochemical Examinations

              2.2.        Samples are collected from food establishments, slaughter houses and farms.

              2.3.        Culture isolation and identification of pathogens in foods of animal origin, meat – milk - fish, Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter, B. cereus etc.

                2.4.        Total Bacteria Counts

                  2.5.        PCR and Immunofluorence techniques are used for the detection and identification of foodborne pathogens

                2.6.        Bacteriological testing of swabs for testing the efficiency of the cleaning and disinfection programs

               2.7.        Testing for antibiotic and other inhibitor substances in foods

                     2.8.        Testing of bacterial isolates for resistance to antibiotics and biocides.

 

B.                 Farms and Establishments under monitoring

1.  Farms – Poultry – Pig – Cattle – Sheep and Goat Farms.

2.  Animal byproducts processing Plants for rendering and biogas production under the EU Regulation 1774/2002.

3.  Slaughterhouses for red meat

4.  Poultry Slaughterhouses

5.  Meat Cutting Plants

6.  Meat products processing Plants

7.  Fish Processing

8.  Dairies

9.  Other food establishments i.e bakeries, confectioneries, restaurants, hotels, groceries, butcheries etc

 

All the tests and analysis are carried out as prescribed by EU Regulations, ISO and OIE standards

 

C.                Cooperation with other Research Laboratories and Institutions

E.P. & T.A. Laboratories:

1.      Is a General Institution Member of the World Health Organization - WHO Global Salm-Surv (GSS) Country Databank for Salmonellea.

2.      Cooperates closely with the laboratories of the School of Medicine of the University of Crete - Heraklion Greece.

3.      Works with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in the Mediterranean region.

4.      Cooperates with Consulting Companies, which develop, implement and provide assistance and education for HACCP Systems.

 

 

D.                Participation in research projects

 

  1. EPTA was a member of the PUFFIN Pathogen and Ugly microbe Free Food Industry Network with partners from the Royal Institute of Technology KTH Stockholm, the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, the Matis Institute, the ICE-TEC Institute from Iceland and the AZTI Tecnalia of Spain.
  2. EPTA cooperates with the School of Medicine of the University of Crete in research for the epidemiological survey and the identification of food-borne and zoonotic agents in foods and animals using PCR and Immunofluorescence.
  3. EPTA is a member of the SAFEFOODERA project for the Risk Assessment of Listeria in traditional ready-to-eat food items(Project LisRisk-08196). Other partners of the project are the University of Akureyri (UNAK)-Iceland, the Technical University of Lisbon- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Basque Country- Department of Pharmacy and Food Science and the Biological Resources National Institute-Lisbon.                                             
  4. EPTA participates in the Eurostars-1107/03 project with the School of Medicine of the University of Crete for the development of a new kit for simultaneous detection of zoonotic pathogens using multiplex PCR.

 

 The personnel of the laboratory has been trained for two years by the teaching and research team of the Laboratory of Bacteriology, Parasitology, Zoonoses and Geographical Medicine of the Medical School of Crete.

The laboratory participates in Interlaboratory Testing organized by Reference Laboratories and it is currently going through the final stages of the Accreditation Process to comply with the requirements of the ISO 17025 standard.

 

 

 

 

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