These new tools, which include MicroSEQ Pathogen Detection kits, PrepSEQ sample preparation kits and data analysis software, are designed to enable government agencies and food companies to more effectively monitor the food supply chain for contamination and help ensure food safety.
The MicroSEQ Salmonella spp. Detection Kit and MicroSEQ Listeria monocytogenes Detection Kit use a new innovation that combines fast real-time PCR-based molecular technology, in a lyophilised or dried format, which reduces the handling of samples. These kits are part of a complete workflow that is optimised for use with the Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast Real-Time PCR System. This is said to be a simple, three-step process that enriches the sample, prepares the DNA by removing inhibitors with either the PrepSEQ Nucleic Acid Extraction Kit or the PrepSEQ Rapid Spin Sample Preparation Kit and runs the test using RapidFinder Express software for improved data analysis.
Applied Biosystems president Leonard Klevan said: "These new technologies are powerful tools we've developed for laboratories around the world to protect food supply. By applying genetic-based testing to address this issue, we are helping government agencies and industry ensure that food supply is safer, and prevent crises."