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Microbiology News: 2016 » April

Rapid Identification of Listeria Strain Tracks Back to Outbreak’s Source

Dole has restarted production of bagged salads following link to listeriosis outbreak. This was traced thanks to genome sequencing determining similarity of bacteria samples indicating a common source of contamination.
Posted: 2016-04-29

NCIMB and RGU Kick-off New Streptomyces Screening Project

NCIMB screening Streptomyces NCIMB and the Robert Gordon University are collaborating in a project to screen Streptomyces species for the production of compounds with potential for use in the pharmaceutical and other industry sectors.
Posted: 2016-04-28

Safe, Compliant Mailing of Biohazard/Clinical Specimens up to 120ml.

SpeciSafe for safe mailing of specimens Do you need to mail samples of fluids in volumes up to 120ml? SpeciSafe packs provide a shock resistant protective casing for primary containers ensuring compliance to UN3373 standards when used with 95kPa vials.
Posted: 2016-04-27

FSA Suspends Campylobacter in Chicken Survey due to Sampling Problems

UK Food Standards Agency suspends Campylobacter in chicken survey due to changes in chicken processing making current sampling method inconsistent.
Posted: 2016-04-26

Low Cost Autoclaves with High Throughput Capacity

The Priorclave Q63 front-loading cylindrical chamber autoclave has large load capacity (choose from 320 or 500 litres ) at reduced cost due to a simpler production process compared to rectangular chamber autoclaves.
Posted: 2016-04-26

Bespoke Media Solutions for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Andrew Ramage Andrew Ramage, technical specialist at UK based Cherwell Laboratories describes some examples of when it's necessary to prepare ready-to-use media according to bespoke formulations or packaging requirements.
Posted: 2016-04-26

ATCC® Zika Virus Reference Materials

ATCC provides authenticated Zika virus reference materials that support vaccine efficacy testing and assay development, including in vivo and tissue culture-adapted strains, genomic and synthetic nucleic acid preparations, and associated products.
Posted: 2016-04-26

Cap, Decap or Recap 96 Screw Caps Tubes in a Single Action

Easy to install and operate, the Univo SR096 decaps Screw Caps from a full 96-tube storage rack in less than 30 seconds.
Posted: 2016-04-25

Microbial Air Sampler Has 3 Aspirating Heads

Microbial air sampler with 3 aspirating heads can be used to meet GPL and GMP requirements, the instrument can simultaneously test for total counts, yeasts and moulds by using different types of agar in each sampling head.
Posted: 2016-04-25

Hospital Finds DxN VERIS Has Greater Precision for Low HBV Loads

The DxN VERIS Molecular Diagnostics System consolidates DNA extraction, amplification and detection within a single automated instrument, the first site to introduce the HBV assay ,Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have found the instrument will allow the laboratory to offer service users greater precision at low HBV viral loads as well as improved turnaround times.
Posted: 2016-04-25

Handle Blender Bags Just Like Bottles with Inlabtec Bagboard

Bagboard The Inlabtec Bagboard gives support to homogenizer, blender or stomacher bags making handling and storage easier and more secure. Watch the demonstration video.
Posted: 2016-04-25

BacTrac Method for the Detection of Yeasts and Moulds in Foods

Bimedia 510A The new BiMedia 510A vial for use in the Sylab BacTrac Microbiological Impedance analyser has been specifically developed for rapid detection of yeasts and moulds in food delivering results within 48 hours.
Posted: 2016-04-25

Pall Introduces Rapid and Flexible Solution for Beverage Spoilage Yeasts

Genedisc GeneDisc® now includes a yeast screening test and also a yeast identification test for the 12 major beverage spoilage yeast species and genera, including S. cerevisiae var. diastaticus and Brettanomyces bruxellensis.
Posted: 2016-04-22

AFNOR Cert for 24 Hour P.aeruginosa in Water Test

Now with NF validation certificate the IDEXX Pseudalert® and Quanti-Tray® test, can be used for counting and confirming Pseudomonas aeruginosa within 24 hours, in drinking water, including bottled water and pool water.
Posted: 2016-04-21

Smaller, Lighter Plastic Bottle Option for BD BACTEC™

Designed for pediatric and non-pediatric blood specimens of less than 5ml, the new BD BACTEC™ PEDS Plus™/F plastic blood culture bottle improves qualitative culture and recovery of aerobic microorganisms.
Posted: 2016-04-19

IDEXX Filta-Max Systems Specified in Drinking Water Standard

Using an immunomagnetic separation technique, the IDEXX Filta-Max and Filta-Max xpress, for the enumeration of Cryptosporidium and Giardia in water is now specified in revised French drinking water standard NF T90-455.
Posted: 2016-04-19

BIOMIC® V3 Microbiology System Updated with 2016 CLSI and EUCAST Guidelines

BIOMIC V3 has been updated with the latest 2016 CLSI and EUCAST guidelines for antibiotic susceptibility testing, the automated system serves as a primary or secondary AST-ID system for microbiology laboratories.
Posted: 2016-04-18

Cherwell Supports Pharmig PCT Microbial Risk Event

Cherwell Range At the meeting, Cherwell Laboratories will be on hand to offer practical advice and solutions tailored to meet individual customers’ specific microbiological monitoring and validation requirements.
Posted: 2016-04-18

Touchscreen Operated Rapid Reagent Dispenser

Touchscreen Reagent Dispenser The VIAFILL Reagent Dispenser offers simplistic programming of repeat dispenses, variable volume dispenses and custom programming. Users can easily alternate between 8 and 16 channel dispensing cassettes for rapid filling of 6 to 1536 well plates.
Posted: 2016-04-18

New 3M ATP Kit Fast-Tracks UHT and ESL Beverage Testing

UHT Beverage Kit Specially designed for testing commercially sterile beverages, the 3M Microbial Luminescence System UHT Beverage Screen Kit delivers a result in less than 30 minutes after a pre-incubation of 2-3 days, eliminating the need for further plating and incubating of agar dishes.
Posted: 2016-04-15

MicroPath™ LIMS - Designed by Microbiologists FOR Microbiologists

MicroPath is a purpose-built, full-featured, easy to use and affordable microbiology laboratory information system allowing paperless culture processing, supports MIC and Kirby Bauer interpretation and integrates with other laboratory instruments.
Posted: 2016-04-13

QuickFISH® Rapid Differentiation of CoNS Directly from Blood Cultures

QuickFISH rapidly differentiates Staphylococcus aureus from coagulase-negative staphylococci directly from blood cultures. It was the fastest and most cost-effective nucleic acid method evaluated with a time-to-result of 20 minutes.
Posted: 2016-04-12

One of Kind! Microbiology Museum Wins Prize for Innovation

A museum dedicated to microbiology located in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Posted: 2016-04-12

Great Basin Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Shiga Toxin Direct Test

Definitive identification of STEC by targeting the stx1 and stx2 genes directly from a patient’s stool sample with no enrichment step, identifies the O157 serotype.
Posted: 2016-04-12

Sterigenics International Buys Nelson Laboratories

Nelson Laboratories, Inc., a contract testing laboratory for medical devices, pharmaceutical and tissue industries has been acquired by Sterigenics International.
Posted: 2016-04-12

Choice of Validated Platforms for SureTect™ Food Pathogen Assays

The simple workflow of the SureTect food pathogen assays are now AOAC-RI PTM validated to run on the 96-well Applied Bioscience 7500 Fast instrument giving labs the option of higher throughout and the flexibility to run a broader range of tests.
Posted: 2016-04-12

Neogen Launches Water-based Line of Mycotoxin Tests

Reveal® Q+ MAX for Aflatoxin is the first in a new line of quantitative lateral flow tests for mycotoxins that replaces ethanol with a common water-based extraction, delivering results from 2 to 300 ppb of aflatoxin after only six minutes.
Posted: 2016-04-12

3M Next Generation Molecular Pathogen Detection Test for E. coli O157

3M assay for E.coli O157 All four food pathogen assays on the 3M™ Molecular Detection System - Salmonella, Listeria, L. monocytogenes and E. coli O157 (including H7) – use a single assay protocol for optimal lab efficiency.
Posted: 2016-04-05

Possible Laboratory Acquired Salmonella Infection at CDC

CDC have reported a laboratory worker may have acquired a salmonella infection in a BSL-2 laboratory, the worked was found to be infected with the same strain of Salmonella as was being used in the lab.
Posted: 2016-04-05

Clean, Odour Free Sample Prep for Faecal Transplants

The Seward Stomacher® makes preparation of fecal transplant material a much more pleasant experience with no cross contamination risk and sealed disposable blending vessels preventing aerosols.
Posted: 2016-04-05

Triple Headed Microbial Air Sampler Offers Advantages

Developed specifically for microbial air monitoring in cleanrooms. The patent pending TRIO.BAS from Orum International has three sampling heads allowing total counts and yeast/moulds to be measured simultaneously with 1000 litres of air sampled in
Posted: 2016-04-05

FDA Clearance for Blood Culture Panel for MRSA and Other Staph spp.

Great Basin’s Staph ID/R Blood Culture Panel is a sample-to-result, automated, DNA multiplex assay for simultaneous identification of Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus species directly from positive blood cultures in about 2 hours. The panel also detects the mecA gene.
Posted: 2016-04-05

AFNOR Approves Cronobacter spp. Assay - Results in 18 Hours

Suitable for food and environmental samples, the easy to use Thermo Scientific SureTect system delivers real time PCR results for Cronobacter spp. in as few as 18 hours from sample receipt.
Posted: 2016-04-05

Case Study Shows How to Improve Viral Load Workflow

Study shows results of Niguarda Hospital, Milan assessment of the Beckman Coulter DxN VERIS Molecular Diagnostics System which has allowed this Molecular Biology Lab to meet increased demands for high quality results and reduced turnaround times without any increase in resources.
Posted: 2016-04-05

Charm Peel Plate® Methods Certified for Milk Testing Laboratories

Charm Peel Plate® for aerobic counts and total coliforms can be used by certified milk laboratories for quality testing of raw and pasteurized milk samples.
Posted: 2016-04-04

Sigma GBS™ for Faster Screening of Group B Streptococcus

Sigma GBS Launching at ECCMID 2016, Booth 094, the device consists of a vial of Lim broth enrichment medium and a swab which can be snapped into the vial for incubation followed by inoculation onto appropriate chromogenic agar. Suitable for automated or manual processing.
Posted: 2016-04-04

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