PMID: 10028679Feb 24, 1999

Determination of neutral lactase activity in industrial enzyme preparations by a colorimetric enzymatic method: collaborative study

Journal of AOAC International
A J Engelen, P H Randsdorp


Thirteen laboratories participated in a collaborative study to validate a colorimetric assay for determining neutral lactase activity in industrial enzyme preparations. Each laboratory received 5 duplicate samples with activity levels of 2000 and 5000 neutral lactase units provided by 4 commercial suppliers. Two laboratories did not return results. Method performance was calculated according to AOAC guidelines. From the 11 remaining laboratories, 3 were excluded from statistical analysis because of invalid data determined during initial review by Youden pair, value versus laboratory. Repeatability relative standard deviation (RSDr) values ranged from 3.20 to 8.62%, and reproducibility relative standard deviation (RSDR) values ranged from 8.77 to 16.35%. With outliers excluded, RSDr values ranged from 2.94 to 5.01%, and RSDR values ranged from 7.50 to 13.84%. The colorimetric enzymatic method for determining neutral lactase activity in industrial enzyme preparations has been adopted first action by AOAC INTERNATIONAL.

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