Spinach. Tomatoes. Eggs. Pork. Shrimp. These were only some of the foods pulled from stores, menus, and shelves in recent years due to national or global food-borne illness outbreaks, once again highlighting the need for industry-standard food safety tests. Nearly every day, contaminations and allergens cause voluntary food recalls around the globe — and each year, thousands fall ill. As the world’s population continues to grow, we’re becoming increasingly reliant upon large food manufacturing operations that require fast, accurate pathogen testing in the ongoing battle against contamination.
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DuPont Qualicon was among the first to develop a diagnostic test for E. coli O157:H7, the type most frequently associated with severe illness from food contamination outbreaks. Now, DuPont and the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA ARS) have agreed to collaborate on the development of a new test to detect the “Big 6” strains of hard-to-identify, toxin-producing E. coli (STEC O26, O45, 103, 111, 121, 145). This new test will use BAX® Detection System technology from DuPont Qualicon — a fast, accurate DNA-based method that allows testing for multiple pathogen targets with minimal hands-on and processing time. This provides comprehensive analysis of samples, more precise results, and extreme reliability.
Currently, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) uses the BAX® detection system to monitor meat and poultry for E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Additional tests are available to detect Staphylococcus, Campylobacter, Vibrio, Cronobacter, yeast, and mold in raw ingredients, finished products, and environmental samples. With certifications and regulatory approvals in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, the BAX® detection system is recognized as one of the most advanced pathogen testing systems available — and one of the best tools the food industry can share in its ongoing efforts to help ensure a safe food supply for the world.