Health Canada Extends DuPont™ BAX® System Certification for E. coli O157:H7 Testing

New Protocol Allows Customers to Incubate Multiple Ground Beef Samples as a Single Enrichment to Test Product in One PCR Reaction

Health Canada Extends DuPont™ BAX® System Certification for E. coli O157:H7

The Health Canada Microbiological Methods Committee has extended its approval of the DuPont™ BAX® System Real-Time PCR Assay for E. coli O157:H7 in the Compendium of Analytical Methods: Laboratory Procedures for the Microbiological Analysis of Foods. The BAX® System assay, published in the Compendium as MFLP-76, is now approved for testing composited samples of ground beef weighing up to 375 g.

Originally approved by Health Canada in April 2011, the BAX® System Real-Time PCR Assay for E. coli O157:H7 provides users with a rapid screening method for detecting E. coli O157:H7 – including non-motile strains and other atypical O157:H7 variants – in individual 65 g samples of raw ground beef and 375 g samples of raw beef trim. With this extended method approval, users also can elect to composite multiple ground beef enrichments into a single, larger sample before testing to quickly identify negative samples, greatly increase testing throughput and reduce the overall cost per test.

“Customers who perform a large number of pathogen tests every day – such as service laboratories and corporate testing labs – value a detection system that maximizes sample throughput and offers the greatest level of flexibility,” said Kathy Wilson, Canadian business manager, DuPont Nutrition & Health Diagnostics. “With the addition of composite sample testing as an approved protocol in the Compendium of Analytical Methods, we are proud to announce that the BAX® System can provide our customers with this additional time-, labor- and cost-saving alternative for ground beef testing in accordance with Health Canada regulations.”

Food processing companies around the world rely on the award-winning BAX® System to detect pathogens or other organisms in raw ingredients, finished products and environmental samples. The automated system uses leading-edge technology, including PCR assays with tableted reagents and optimized media, to detect Salmonella, Listeria species, Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7 and STEC, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus aureus, Vibrio, and yeast and mold.  Many of these tests have been certified by AOAC and AFNOR and/or approved by government agencies in the Americas, Asia and Europe.  For more information about the BAX® System, one of the most advanced pathogen detection systems available to food companies, please visit www.fooddiagnostics.dupont.com.

DuPont Nutrition & Health addresses the world’s challenges in food by offering a wide range of sustainable, bio-based ingredients and advanced molecular diagnostic solutions to provide safer, healthier and more nutritious food.  Through close collaboration with customers, DuPont combines knowledge and experience with a passion for innovation to deliver unparalleled customer value to the marketplace. More information is available at www.food.dupont.com.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.