It is a fast and automated method that gives reliable and accurate results for 3 types of vibrios in less than 24 hours.
A new kit for DuPont Qualicon’s BAX pathogen detection system can be used by fish and seafood processors and government laboratories to detect Vibrio in less than 24 hours. The BAX Real-Time PCR kit for Vibrio detects even at low levels three different species – V. cholerae, V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus – using the same sample, the company said in a statement.
Tested on shrimp, tuna, oysters, clams and crabs, the BAX system provides differentiated and reliable results in less than a day; Its performance is equal to or better than the traditional reference method, which lasts 3 to 5 days and gives results that allow subjective interpretation. “DuPont Qualicon is constantly finding ways to make food tracking faster, more accurate and more convenient,” said Michael Chong, director of DuPont Qualicon’s Asia-Pacific region. “The 20-hour test for Vibrio will certainly improve the operational efficiency of seafood companies… It will allow them to release products more quickly and reliably.”
Vibrio is a group of bacteria typically found in contaminated seawater and drinking water, and some of the species in this group are pathogenic to humans. Eating infected or undercooked shellfish, such as oysters, mussels, clams and scallops, can cause illness. In this fauna, open wounds that are exposed to contaminated seawater can cause septicemia in humans, especially in humans with liver disease. More than 180,000 people contracted Vibrio cholera in 2007, and the current cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has caused more than 60,000 illnesses and 3,100 deaths.
Food processing companies around the world rely on the BAX system to detect pathogens and other microorganisms in raw materials, ingredients, products and environmental samples. This automated system uses state-of-the-art technology, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays, encapsulated reagents, and optimized media to detect Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7, Enterobacter sakazakii, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus aureus, and fungi and yeasts. With certifications and regulatory approvals in the Americas, Asia and Europe, the BAX® system is globally recognized as the most advanced pathogen testing system available to food processing companies.
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