New rapid E. coli detection in meat
A new detection system for E. coli 0157: H7 is faster
and more precise. The claim is that the new detection system is quicker and more accurate than molecular methods, according to the
French licence holders.
BioMérieux, a supplier of diagnostic systems, said
that its new Vidas UP phage recombinant protein is developed by German group
Profos AG to be highly sensitive towards Escherichia coli (E. coli).
Bacteriophages are viruses that target bacteria, rather than human,
plant or animal cells. They use adhesion structures to bind to their bacterial
hosts. 0157: H7.Suitable for testing
that the bacteriophage is suitable for testing meat samples and is the latest
addition to the Vidas line.
Due to the
increasing regulatory highlights placed on food safety in plants and because of
the cost of recalls, this has urged food companies to seek faster ways of
"Vidas UP offers faster and more precise detection
of E. coli 0157: H7 than molecular methods, delivering test results within seven
hours, and is capable of analysing sample sizes up to 375 grams," said a company
Reports say that ground
beef is one of the main sources of E. coli contamination in the USA, despite the
number of cases being reduced as a result of better food safety practices in the
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