AOAC Pacific Northwest Section 2012

Marine and Freshwater Toxins Analysis Third Joint Symposium and AOAC Task Force Meeting
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA
June 18-22, 2012
The AOAC Pacific Northwest Section (link: annual meeting in Tacoma WA has just concluded. The meeting was full of informative oral presentations and posters ranging from natural disasters to algal blooms due to climate change. One recurring theme is the push to move away from the Mouse Bio-assay (MBA) for shellfish toxin testing. Recently there have been a few AOAC approved methods for toxin testing that do not involve injecting mice. A few oral presentations were updates on the success many labs are having in moving to these chemical methods and reducing the usage of the MBA. One of the successful approved methods is the Post-column Oxidation method for Paralytic Shellfish Toxins (link to PSP method abstract). Both the Pinnacle PCX and the Vector PCX (link to PCX brochure) post-column instruments have been used for this analysis. 
Pickering Laboratories was proud to sponsor the AOAC PNW annual meeting. We presented two posters at this year’s meeting. Please download them from the links and contact with any questions.
Method Abstract 103.5: Paralytic Shellfish Toxins
Method Abstract 102: Analysis of Biogenic Amines
Mt. Rainier