New Salmonella test yields results in 48 hours
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(MEATPOULTRY.com, April 03,
by Bryan Salvage
WALTHAM, MASS. — A
testing method to help food producers detect Salmonella
contamination named the Salmonella Rapid Culture Method has been developed
by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. The test delivers highly accurate results
in less than 48 hours, compared to up to four days using other methods,
according to the company.
The Association of
Analytical Communities granted Performance Testing Methods status to this
new testing solution. The new method employs two novel culture products in
a simple two-step procedure. The A.O.A.C. granted Performance Testing
Methods status after trials demonstrated that the method delivered
consistent, accurate results that can allow food companies to confirm their
products are free from Salmonella, the company stated.
"The recent Salmonella
crisis underscores the fact that food producers can never be too
vigilant," said Tom Floyd, president, microbiology products, Thermo
Fisher Scientific. "The financial and emotional consequences of even
one food-safety incident can be staggering, from overnight bankruptcies to,
much worse, loss of life."
Solutions that detect
pathogens should not disrupt the production process, and the company is
committed to delivering technology and methods that are both accurate and
rapid, he added.
"For the method
approval, we tested the combination of ONE-Broth Salmonella plus Brilliance
Salmonella (Salmonella Rapid Culture Method) on ground beef, ground
chicken, lettuce, shrimp and shell eggs. Red meat and poultry are perfect
candidates for the Salmonella Rapid Culture Method," Richard St. Clair,
group marketing manager, told MEATPOULTRY.com.
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