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Molecular detection system pinpoints dangerous foodborne pathogens


Detection system is a fast, accurate and easy-to-use method of detecting dangerous pathogens, like Salmonella, E. coli O157and Listeria. The system combines technologies involving isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection. The compact, simple, robust system offers easy implementation and low maintenance without compromising accuracy and reliability. It provides highly sensitive results by targeting and amplifying nucleic acid in enriched samples. The automated technology has been evaluated with a variety of food types, including produce, meats, processed foods, pet food and food processing-related environmental samples. The instrument takes up less counter space than a laptop computer, making it portable and adaptable to various lab environments. As part of the system’s platform, individual, pathogen-specific assays, or procedural tests, will be sold as a test kits. Each assay test kit uses the same software interface and same DNA extraction protocol for testing between one and 96 samples per run. Assays for Salmonella, E. coli O157 (including H7) and Listeria are available immediately; and the manufacturer says a test for Listeria monocytogenes is expected in early 2012.

Independent laboratory studies with the 3M Molecular Detection System are currently underway to pursue global method recognitions.

3M Food Safety

 


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