On April 19, employees of the FGBI "Central Scientific and Methodological Veterinary Laboratory" (FGBI CSMVL), subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor, held talks with representatives of the Technological Laboratory of Uruguay in the video conference format.
In the course of the dialogue, the parties discussed issues of cooperation in the joint development of various research methods that meet the requirements of Latin and South American countries. The topic of possible cooperation in terms of joint international publications, testing of equipment and test kits, provision of control samples for participation in interlaboratory comparison tests (ILC) in food testing and animal disease diagnosis was raised.
Employees of the FGBI CSMVL reported that the main areas of scientific activity of the institution are the updating, development and publication of normative documentation on laboratory diagnostics of diseases of animals, poultry, fish and bees, as well as on the control of the safety of raw materials of animal and plant origin, and feed. So from 2018 to 2020, 7 regulatory collections and scientific monographs, 13 methodical guidelines regulating biological and food safety testing were developed. Every year, the latest methods of laboratory research, diagnostic test kits and equipment are tested.
It was also noted that the FGBI CSMVL has the ability to organize ILC rounds in a format that ensures 100% stability of sample delivery not only to distant regions of the country, but also beyond its borders thanks to freeze-drying.
Freeze-drying of biological products (proteins, vaccines, microorganisms) is aimed at preserving their physical and biological integrity after storage for several months or even years. Freeze-drying process is based on freezing of the material and then reducing the external pressure, which allows the water to pass from the solid state directly to the gaseous state.
In addition, to date, the FGBI CSMVL is the only laboratory in the country that organizes ILC rounds for the detection of bacterial diseases in biomaterial.
Representatives of the foreign laboratory expressed their interest in cooperation with the FGBI CSMVL subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor. The parties decided to work out the issues of cooperation in detail for the further signing of the agreement.
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The Technological Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU) was established in 1965 to provide various services in the production chain: product conformity assessment, certification (food products, cereals and oilseeds, forest products), as well as metrology.
The laboratory is accredited by the Uruguayan Accreditation Body in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17043 standard as a supplier of microbiological tests of food and feed.
The institution contributes to the development of scientific and business activities of the country, providing assistance in promoting local production to foreign markets.