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Eurofins GeneScan testing flax for CDC Triffid

January 27, 2010 (Saskatoon, SK) - A US lab is available to Saskatchewan producers who want to detect whether CDC Triffid may be in their flax crop. CDC Triffid is the genetically-modified flax variety that was developed at the University of Saskatchewan in the 1990s.

Eurofins GeneScan’s PCR laboratory located in New Orleans, Louisiana first added the test for genetic modifications in flax in September 2009. Eurofins is ISO17025 accredited and approved by the Canadian Grain Commission for testing railcars and shipments to the European Union for the presence of CDC Triffid (FP967).

“We begin processing every sample the same day it arrives,” said Eileen Nolan, Account Services Manager at Eurofins. “Once tests are finished and results are reviewed and validated, the results are disseminated immediately, usually by email or a phone call, and the official hardcopy test certificates are sent by mail or courier. Our standard processing time is three to four business days.”

Growers are reminded to send in a sample for each 3,000 to 5,000 bushels of flax inventory. Samples should be 1 kilogram in size and the guidelines for preparing representative samples are available from the Canadian Grain Commission. Producers who wish to have their flax tested can send their samples in a zipper-sealed bag to Eurofins GeneScan at the following address:

Eurofins GeneScan
2315 N. Causeway Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70001 USA
Toll Free 1-866-535-2730
Fax 1-504-297-4335

Please contact Eurofins for more detail on the cost of each test. Samples must be accompanied with the Eurofins sample submission form AND the USDA import permit.

Producers are advised to always check with potential buyers in advance to ensure any test they employ will meet their requirements.

For more information, contact:

Linda Braun, Executive Director
Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission
Saskatoon, SK
Tel. 306-664-1901


Eileen Nolan
Eurofins GeneScan Inc.
Metairie, Louisiana USA
Tel. 504-297-4330