AN INNOVATIVE STRATEGY BASED ON UNCERTAINTY PROFILE FOR THE VALIDATION OF MICROBIOLOGICAL METHODS FOR COUNTING ENTEROBACTERIACEAE IN FOODS
Objective: A new and powerful statistical approach known as the uncertainty profile concept has been suggested for both testing the validity and making easy and straightforward interpretation of results obtained during the validation of an analytical method. The main goal of this paper is to confirm the applicability of this new strategy for the validation of a commercial kit, microbiological method, for the enumeration of the Enterobacteriaceae in foods and the estimate of the measurement uncertainty by using the newly provided formula and without referring to any additional experiments.
Methods: An innovative formula to assess the uncertainty by using validation data and without recourse to other additional experiments was proposed. The uncertainty was evaluated through the two-sided Î²-content, Î³-confidence tolerance interval, which is computed with three manners: the Mee's approach, the Generalized Pivotal Confidence, and the Modified Large Simple procedure
Results: After the use of the three chemometric method of calculation of tolerance intervals, the obtained results with uncertainty profile show without doubt that the enumeration method is valid over the range of target values given that the upper and the lower 66.7 %-content, 90 %-confidence tolerance limits have fallen within the two acceptance limits ofÂ±0.25 Log unit. If the Î² is stretched to 80 %-content, 90 %-confidence, the three computed tolerance intervals lead to different decisions.
Conclusion: we have demonstrated the ability of the uncertainty profile to be used for testing the validity of enumeration method which represents the first application of an uncertainty profile to food microbiological methods, and provides good estimations of the uncertainty measurements for each concentration level.
Keywords: Validation, Uncertainty profile, Î²-content-Î³-confidence tolerance interval, Uncertainty measurement, Microbiological method
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