Determination of Phytase Activity in Feed by a Colorimetric Enzymatic Method: Collaborative Interlaboratory Study

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Fourteen laboratories participated in a collaborative study (coded fyt9404) and 13 laboratories participated in a study (coded fyt9410) to validate a colorimetric assay for determination of microbial phytase activity in feed. For each study, all laboratories received 6 laboratory samples provided by one commercial supplier (phytase activity levels within the range of 200–400 per kg) to be analyzed in duplicate. Method performance was calculated and statistical calculations were executed according to AOAC guidelines. Results from 3 laboratories for study fyt9404 and from one laboratory for study fyt9410 were excluded from statistical analysis because of invalid data determined during initial review by Youden pair, value versus laboratory. For study fyt9404, repeatability relative standard deviation (RSDr) values ranged from 6.2 to 8.6%, and reproducibility relative standard deviation (RSDR) values ranged from 14.1 to 27.6%. No outliers were identified. For study fyt9410, RSDr values ranged from 3.9 to 7.9%, and RSDR values ranged from 14.0 to 20.5%. With outliers excluded, RSDr values ranged from 2.5 to 7.9%, and RSDR values ranged from 14.0 to 20.5%.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: DSM Food Specialties, R&D Analysis, 010-0585, PO Box 1, 2600 MA Delft, The Netherlands. 2: Kwaliteitsdienst Landbouwkundige Laboratoria (KDLL), PO Box 360, 3700 AJ Zeist, The Netherlands.

Publication date: May 1, 2001

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  • The Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL publishes refereed papers and reviews in the fields of chemical, biological and toxicological analytical chemistry for the purpose of showcasing the most precise, accurate and sensitive methods for analysis of foods, food additives, supplements and contaminants, cosmetics, drugs, toxins, hazardous substances, pesticides, feeds, fertilizers and the environment available at that point in time. The scope of the Journal includes unpublished original research describing new analytical methods, techniques and applications; improved approaches to sampling, both in the field and the laboratory; better methods of preparing samples for analysis; collaborative studies substantiating the performance of a given method; statistical techniques for evaluating data. The Journal will also publish other articles of general interest to its audience, e.g., technical communications; cautionary notes; comments on techniques, apparatus, and reagents.
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